Adverb Licensing and Clause Structure in English

Dagmar Haumann | Universität Mannheim
ISBN 9789027233691 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027292902 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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This monograph provides an in-depth investigation of the structural integration and the licensing of adverbs in relation to clause structure, with special emphasis on the structural implementation of the relation between the position and interpretation of adverbs. The book substantiates the hypothesis that the licensing of adverbs within and across the three layers of the clause is contingent on specifier-head agreement and that variation in the linear order of adverbs and other elements of the clause follows from the interplay of a small number of factors. The central claims made are: functional projections hosting adverbs are not confined to the inflectional and complementizer layer of the clause, but also play a central role in the shaping of the lexical layer; postverbal adverbs are realized within a semantically empty verbal projection and licensed under specifier head agreement by proxy; and adverbs that occur within the complementizer layer of the clause do so by either move or merge.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 105] 2007.  ix, 435 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Adverb Licensing and Clause Structure in English is an important book that anyone interested in clause structure and in the syntax and distribution of various adverb types (in English) should try to find the time to read.”
“I would definitely recommend Haumann’s book to anyone who is interested in adverb licensing. It would be difficult to do any research on the topic now without first perusing it. A more general reader with little knowledge of government and binding theory may find it a hard read, however it is worth the challenge if you want to understand the intricacies of adverbs. All in all, a stimulating read.”
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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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