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The Syntax of “Complex Prepositions” in German: An HPSG Approach

  • Many modern languages commonly use expressions that seem unpredictable regarding standard grammar regularities. Among these expressions, sequences consisting of a preposition, a noun, another preposition, and another noun are particularly frequent. The issue of these expressions, usually termed in linguistic literature as "complex prepositions", "phrasal prepositions" or "preposition-like word formations", can certainly be considered to be a cross-linguistic problem (On "complex prepositions" in German and in other languages see (Benes 1974), (Buscha 1984)}, (Lindqvist 1994), (Meibauer 1995), (Quirk and Mulholland 1964), (Wollmann 1996). In this paper, I will focus exclusively on German data, because they provide very explicit and convincing linguistic evidence which motivates and supports my approach. However, I assert that the analysis proposed here for German can also be applied to other languages such as Polish or English.

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Author:Beata Trawiński
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the GLiP-5 Conference. Generative Linguistics in Poland: Morphosyntactic Investigations. Warsaw, Poland. 30 November - 1 December 2002
Publisher:Instytut Podstaw Informatyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Place of publication:Warsaw
Editor:Piotr Bański, Adam Przepiórkowski
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2003
Date of Publication (online):2017/01/16
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Head-driven phrase structure grammar; Präposition
First Page:155
Last Page:166
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG