Small Clauses

Small Clauses

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These previously unpublished articles offer a cross-linguistic perspective on small clauses. They discuss subjects such as the different types of small clauses across languages and lexical items, the internal syntax of small clauses and their structure, and the general topic of the grammar of predication, ranging from a total questioning of the existence of small clauses to claims that they exist in every predication context. The editors' cross-linguistic approach addresses syntactic and lexical issues as well as the relationships between small clauses and language acquisition among children. It surveys the problems raised by small clauses in light of recent developments in the principles and parameter model. The data is drawn from Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, and Swedish. The contributions share theoretical assumptions about small clauses. The cross-linguistic comparison offers the potential for defining variable and static elements of small clauses, as well as distinguishing ways that they resemble full clauses.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 33mm | 657.72g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 0126135282
  • 9780126135282

Table of contents

A. Cardinaletti and M.T. Guasti, "Small Clauses: Some Controversies and Issues of Acquisition. Small Clauses and Predication"
S. Rothstein, "Small Clauses and Copular Constructions"
B. Schein, "Small Clauses and Predication"
J. Gueron and T. Hoekstra, "The Temporal Interpretation of Predication"
A. Moro, "Small Clauses with Predicative Nominals. Types of Small Clauses"
H. Contreras, "Small Clauses and Complex Predicates"
T.R. Rapoport, "Specificity, Objects, and Nominal Small Clauses"
E. Raposo and J. Uriagereka, "Two Types of Small Clauses (Toward a Syntax of Theme/Rheme Relations)"
K.T. Taraldsen, "Participle-based Small Clause Complements of fa 'get' in Norwegian. The Internal Structure of Small Clauses"
M. Starke, "On the Format for Small Clauses"
T. Stowell, "Remarks on Clause Structure"
D. Sportiche, "French Predicate Clitics and Clause Structure"

Subject Index
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Review quote

"The topics and languages covered in this book are very impressive. There is a nice mix of semantic and syntactic contributions. I have little doubt that this will be a very influential collection of papers." --NORBERT HORNSTEIN, University of Maryland "The caliber and distinction of the individual contributors promise a respectable collection. The editors are well qualified." --LUIGI BURZIO, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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