By Dölling, Johannes

ISBN-10: 3110190664

ISBN-13: 9783110190663

This quantity addresses the matter of the way language expresses conceptual details on occasion constructions and the way such info could be reconstructed within the interpretation strategy. The papers current vital new insights into contemporary semantic and syntactic study at the subject. the quantity offers with the subsequent difficulties intimately: occasion constitution and syntactic development, occasion constitution and amendment, occasion constitution and plurality, occasion constitution and temporal relation, occasion constitution and state of affairs element, and occasion constitution and language ontology. Importantly, the subject is mentioned not just at the foundation of English and German yet at the foundation of alternative languages together with Mandarin, jap, Korean, Indonesian, and Igbo in addition. This quantity hence presents stable proof in the direction of clarifying the empirical use of occasion established analyses.

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The fact that Mandami verbs seem to lose their arguments in verb-verb RCs is thus part of a larger pattern. Their arguments seem to get lost in any complex predicate, whether its secondary predicate is a single verb or a pirrase. One cannot use the size of R to explain the lack of uniform projection in Mandarin, therefore, without missing a major generalization. Given this, I will assmne that the size of R cannot explain why Igbo verbs do not show uniform projection either, or why English verbs do.

Syntactically the sentence has no space for a second object, (38). (38) *ta hái qië dim -le (zhúsún) nïde càidâo (zhúsün). ' Pragmatically, moreover, (37) is not constrained to occur only in a context that would license silent pronominal reference to the patient of cutting. The context of (39a), for instance, does not license pronominal reference to anything but the cleaver, yet (39b) is felicitous nonetheless. (39) (a) (b) càidâo zënme húishi a? ' Lào Wèi qië dim -le [pro]. W. ' Should the speaker of (37) want to identify what was cut, this can be done (among other ways) by adjoining an adverbial verb phrase, as in (40).

Department of Linguistics, Stanford University. Thompson, Sandra A. (1973): Resultative verb compounds in Mandarin Chinese: A case for lexical rules. Language 42 (2): 361-344. N. (1988): The Igbo Verb: A Semantico-Syntactic Analysis. ) Vienna: Institute für Afrikanistik mid Aegyptologie der Universität Wien. , and David P. Wilkins (1996): The case for 'Effector': Case roles, agents and agency revisited. In Grammatical Constructions: Their Forni and Meaning, Masayoshi Shibatani and Sandra A. ), 289-322.

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