Intensifiers in English and German

Intensifiers in English and German : A Comparison

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This book deals with expressions like English myself, yourself, himself and so on, and German selbst from a perspective of language comparison. It is the first book-length study of intensifiers ever written. The study investigates the syntax and semantics of these expressions and provides a thorough account of a much neglected grammatical domain. Given that the approach is both descriptive and analytic, the book will be of interest to linguists, grammar writers and teachers of English and German more

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 249g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 black & white tables
  • 1138972916
  • 9781138972919

Table of contents

1. Introduction 1.1 Background 1.2 Three uses of intensifiers 1.3 Outline and objectives 2. The Syntax of Intensifiers - Overview 2.1 The three uses of intensifiers 2.2 Intensifiers as focus particles 2.3 Related expressions 2.4 Previous analyses 2.5 Historical development 3. Adnominal Intensifiers 3.1 Adnominal SELF - overt heads 3.1.1 ANS - the NP-Adjunct 3.1.2 Syntactic restrictions 3.2 Adnominal SELF - covert heads 3.3 ANS in role reversal structures 4. Adverbal intensifiers 4.1 AVS - The VP-Adjunct 4.2 AVS as an adverb 4.3 Syntactic restrictions 4.3.1 Passivisation and passives 4.3.2 Topicalisation 4.3.3 Scope bearing elements 4.3.4 Inclusive versus exclusive AVS 5. The Meaning of Intensifiers - Overview 5.1 Three approaches to intensifiers 5.2 The three uses of intensifiers 6. Adnominal Intensifiers 6.1 Scalar and non-scalar approaches 6.2 Possible instantiations of centre and periphery 6.3 Unique identifiability 6.4 ANS in role reversal structures 7. Adverbal Inclusive Intensifiers 7.1 Adverbal inclusive versus adnominal SELF 7.2 Repeatability and transferability 7.3 Contextual conditions 7.4 Comparison: inclusive AVS versus also 7.5 Inclusive AVS as ANS plus also 7.6 Scalar analyses 7.7 Presupposition: negative proposition 7.8 Central representative theory 8. Adverbal exclusive intensifiers 8.1 Basic properties 8.2 Responsibility, benefit and suffering 8.3 Agentivity 8.4 Centrality in situation 9. Summaryshow more