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Discomposition redressed. Hidden change, modality, and comparison in German

  • Modern theoretical linguistics lives by the insight that the meanings of complex expressions derive from the meanings of their parts and the way these are composed. However, the currently dominating theories of the syntax-semantics interface hastily relegate important aspects of meaning which cannot readily be aligned with visible structure to empty projecting heads non-reductively (mainstream Generative Grammar) or to the syntactic construction holistically (Construction Grammar). This book develops an alternative, compositional analysis of the hidden aspectual-temporal, modal and comparative meanings of a range of productive constructions of which pseudorefl exive, excessive and directional complement constructions take center stage. Accordingly, a contradiction-inducing hence semantically problematic part of literally coded meaning is locally ignored and systematically realized „expatriately“ with respect to parts of structure that achieve the indexical anchoring of propositional contents in terms of times, worlds and standards of comparison, thus yielding the observed hidden meanings.

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Author:Patrick BrandtGND
Series (Serial Number):Studien zur deutschen Sprache (81)
Publisher:Narr Francke Attempto
Place of publication:Tübingen
Editor:Arnulf Deppermann, Stefan Engelberg, Andreas Witt, Angelika Wöllstein
Document Type:Book
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2019/12/10
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Modalität; Semantik; Syntax
Page Number:303
Gefördert durch den Open-Access-Monografienfonds der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Grammatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-SA - Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International