Depictive secondary predicates such as raw in "George ate the fish raw" are
important for current issues in syntactic and semantic theory, in
particular predication theory, phrase structure theories, issues of control
and grammatical relations, and verbal aspect. This is the first book to
approach depictive secondary predication from a crosslinguistic
perspective. It maps out all the relevant phenomena and brings together
critical surveys and new contributions on their morphosyntactic and
semantic properties. In particular it considers similarities and
differences between secondary predicates and other types of adjuncts,
including adverbials of manner, comparison, quantity, and location.
The authors are leading scholars with a first-hand knowledge of the
languages they discuss. Their approach is theory-neutral and pragmatic:
they draw on insights and research traditions ranging from the minimalist
program to semantic maps methodology.
The book will interest scholars working on the semantics or syntax of
secondary predicates, adverbials, and the role of agreement and other
morphological marking. It has also been designed for use in advanced syntax
and typology classes.