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Depictive secondary predicates, such as 'raw' in 'George ate the fish raw', are central to 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 cross-linguistic perspective. It describes all the relevant phenomena and brings together critical surveys and new contributions on their morphosyntactic and semantic properties. 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 been designed for use in advanced syntax and typology classes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199204342
ISBN-10: 0199204349
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 476
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

Nikolaus P. Himmelmann is Professor of Linguistics at the Ruhr-University, Bochum. His research interests include typology and grammaticalization theory, prosody, and grammar, as well as language documentation and description. He is the author of a study of the typology and grammaticalization of demonstratives and articles (Tubingen: Niemeyer) and co-editor of The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar (London: Routledge). He has done fieldwork in the Philippines, Sulawesi, and East Timor and published widely on Austronesian grammar, including the nature of lexical and syntactic categories and voice. Eva Schultze-Berndt is Professor of Linguistics at the Karl Franzens University, Graz. Her research interests include typology, grammar of spoken language, lexical semantics, language contact, and language documentation and description. She has published on complex and secondary predication, verb semantics, word classes, and construction-based approaches to grammar, from a typological perspective and with a focus on the Northern Australian language Jaminjung based on her own fieldwork.

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