Applicative Arguments: A Syntactic and Semantic Investigation of German and English (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #93) (Hardcover)

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Applicative Arguments: A Syntactic and Semantic Investigation of German and English presents formal semantic and syntactic analyses of German and English applicative arguments. These arguments are nominal elements that are not obligatory parts of a sentence. Both German and English have several types of applicative arguments, including so-called benefactive and malefactive constructions. More specifically, the research relies on tests to differentiate the different types of applicative arguments based on this contribution to meaning: Some applicatives contribute only not-at-issue meaning, whereas others contribute only at-issue meaning, and still others contribute both types of meaning. These tests are applied to both German and English to uniquely identify the applicative arguments in each language. Formal analyses of the identified type of applicative arguments are presented that provide an account for each type of applicative identified for each language, explaining the applicatives' differences and similarities.

About the Author


Solveig Bosse received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Delaware. She is currently Assistant Professor of Theoretical Linguistics in the Department of English at East Carolina University. Her research focuses on syntactic and formal semantic analyses of German and English with occasional other cross-linguistic comparisons.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781433127267
ISBN-10: 1433127261
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: March 25th, 2015
Pages: 246
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics