Date: 27-May-2009 From: Christian Bieri <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions: Pfenninger E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions
Subtitle: A Corpus-based Study
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften. Series 21: Linguistics: Vol. 345
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Simone E. Pfenninger
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Existential constructions are a fundamental feature of many Indo-European languages, and constructions with non-referential subjects have developed in all of the latter, albeit at different stages in their histories.
High German does not feature a prototypical existential construction that is equivalent in syntactic and pragmatic function and semantic meaning to the English existential there-construction. How did a prototypical existential structure originate in English? Why is it that High German has never developed such a construction? Has it ever shown a tendency towards developing one? How did two closely related languages such as English and High German come to differ so much with respect to these constructions?
By means of investigating a variety of historical and contemporary data this study shows that not only semantic, pragmatic and syntactic factors are involved, which decide the choice of a certain construction, but also very much the more general different linguistic development that the two languages underwent in the course of time.
The Beginnings. Towards a Historical Explanation of the Difference between English and High German Existential Constructions: Word Order in the History of English - The Derivation of the English ETC - Word Order in the History of High German - The Derivation of the High German Existential da-Construction - The Derivation of High German 'es'-Constructions - ETCs in Modern English: Syntactic Classification - Semantic Classification - Pragmatic Approach - The Modern High German Counterparts: The Status of es in ModHG - Syntactic Approach to the High German Counterparts - Semantic and Pragmatic Approaches to the ModHG Counterparts.