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This volume offers a unique collection of articles investigating the often neglected phenomenon of parentheticals, which are commonly seen as expressions interrupting the linear structure of a host utterance, but lacking a structural relation to it. The book provides an up-to-date introduction to the subject, as well as a range of research articles addressing questions including the syntactic link between parenthetical and frame utterance, the relation between syntactic and prosodic form, the usage and interpretation of parentheticals, and many more. It embraces research findings from different European languages (English, German, Dutch, Romance) and covers an array of forms of syntactic interpolations (from one-word parentheticals to clausal) and a range of methodologies, including empirical research, corpus research, and theoretical analyses. The collection underlines the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to a multi-faceted phenomenon such as parentheticals.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 106]  2007.  xii, 314 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Parentheticals: An introduction
Nicole Dehé and Yordanka Kavalova
Spoken parenthetical clauses in English: A taxonomy
Gunther Kaltenböck
Integrated parentheticals and assertional complements
Markus Steinbach
The complement of reduced parentheticals
Christian Fortmann
Long extraction or parenthetical insertion? Evidence from judgement studies
Tanja Kiziak
And-parenthetical clauses
Yordanka Kavalova
On the syntax and semantics of appositive relative clauses
Francesca Del Gobbo
Invisible constituents? Parentheticals as b-merged adverbial phrases
Mark de Vries
Reduced parenthetical clauses in Romance languages: A pragmatic typology
Stefan Schneider
The relation between syntactic and prosodic parenthesis
Nicole Dehé
Quieter, faster, lower, and set off by pauses? Reflections on prosodic aspects of parenthetical constructions in modern German
Sandra Döring
Name Index
Subject Index
“The contributions made here go a long way not just in sharpening our understanding of PTs, but also in asking crucial (though admittedly, by no means new) questions of linguistics theory, such as, what does it mean for a construction to be syntactically integrated inside another; what precisely should we understand by “constituency” and what does it apply to; what are/should be the boundaries of a clause complex/ sentence, and others. To my mind, the success of the book lies not so much in being able to answer these questions, as it does in being able to raise them, and in doing so within the context of rigorous linguistic analysis. In asking these questions, the book provides the opportunity to move away from a limited, narrow-minded prescriptive view of language, where grammaticality is the yardstick which measures every phenomenon, to a more realistic view, where language is understood as an evolving cultural trait and as a tool developed for achieving specific communicative goals. In my view, this is a far more productive and useful endeavour.”
“Parentheticals have so far been largely ingnored in linguistic theory; I am not aware of any model of linguistic analysis that would be able to offer a principled account for the main syntactic, pragmatic, and prosodic characteristics of at least a larger portion of them. Parentheticals provide a challenge to any kind of linguistic theorizing - the problem is that most linguists do not seem to be aware of this. It is hoped that the present volume will be of help in creating an awareness of what linguistic analysis has so far missed by reducing parentheticals to a marginal phenomenon that is elusive to the taxonomic paradigms of linguistic modelling.”
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007009986
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