Date: 06-Dec-2006 From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org> Subject: The Syntax of Adjuncts: Ernst
Title: The Syntax of Adjuncts
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 96
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Thomas Ernst
Paperback: ISBN: 0521028183 Pages: 567 Price: U.S. $ 58.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521028183 Pages: 567 Price: U.K. £ 33.00
This book proposes a theory of the distribution of adverbial adjuncts in a Principles and Parameters framework, claiming that there are few syntactic principles specific to adverbials; rather, for the most part, adverbials adjoin freely to any projection. Adjuncts' possible hierarchical positions are determined by whether they can receive a proper interpretation, according to their selectional (including scope) requirements and general compositional rules, while linear order is determined by hierarchical position along with a system of directionality principles and morphological weight, both of which apply generally to adjuncts and all other syntactic elements. A wide range of adverbial types is analysed; predicational adverbs (such as manner, and modal adverbs), domain expressions like financially, temporal, frequency, duration and focusing adverbials; participant PPs (e.g. locatives and benefactives); resultative and conditional clauses, and others, taken primarily from English, Chinese, French and Italian, with occasional reference to others (such as German and Japanese).
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The semantics of predicational adverbs; 3. The scopal basis of adverb licensing; 4. Arguments for right-adjunction; 5. Noncanonical orders and the structure of VP; 6. Event-internal adjuncts; 7. Adjunct licensing in the auxrange; 8. Adjuncts in clause-initial projections; 9. Conclusions and prospects; Notes; References; Indexes.