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*nackt werden: The combinatorial restrictions of the German copula werden and the notion of control
I pursue the concept of a generative lexical device, which organizes the mapping between conceptual and linguistic representations. The design of the interface function between grammar and concepts upholds a modular conception of linguistic structure building even in environments where information from various computational levels have to be calculated. Against this background, I argue that the German copula werden ('become') imposes two core conditions on its adjectival complement: i.) The state that holds after the ...
Compounds vs. phrases: The cognitive status of morphological products
(John Benjamins, 2014)
Nominal compounds and corresponding phrases provide a suitable test bed for inquiry into the interface and demarcations between syntax and morphology. In this article we show that the distinction between the two constructions is blurred from a theoretical perspective and investigate processing and cognitive aspects. After an examination of structural as well as semantic properties of the two types, we report on three studies (memorization, questionnaire, and reading time) that experimentally juxtapose German ...
Arguments of non-heads
(Akademie Verlag, 2013)
The current paper investigates these cases from a lexicalist perspective. In particular, I will discuss whether realizations of arguments of non-heads of the above types are based on a regular grammatical process or not. I will argue that this is the case indeed with constructions of the type Designanalyse des Geschirrs, where the post-nominal element figures as argument of both the head as well as the non-head. In contrast, (prepositional) external argument realizations of the type in (1)—i.e. constructions in which ...
Thematic information, argument structure, and discourse adaptation in language production
(Mouton de Gruyter, 2004)
In the minds of language users, situations are represented as states, processes, and events. Each such representation originates from perception, imagination, or illusion (cf. e.g., Glasersfeld 1972) and includes the partaking entities and the respective relations holding between them. Since situations cannot be represented by linguistic means in all their aspects, verbalization always requires schematization, i.e. the reduction of information. In the consequence, in linguistic expressions some of the information ...
Conceptual and grammatical characteristics of argument alternations: the case of decausative verbs
In this paper the grammatical and conceptual properties of decausative verbs of the type The plate broke are explored from the viewpoint of a model of language production that systematically upholds the distinction between grammatical and extralinguistic information. In the constructions under consideration, an agentive entity — just like in passives — is suppressed by grammatical means. The first part of the paper centers around the question of whether an implicit entity can be derived from linguistic form, that is, ...
Alexiadou, Artemis & Liliane Haegemann & Melita Stavrou. 2006. Noun Phrase in the Generative Perspective (Studies in Generative Grammar 71). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. xxii, 664 S.
Die Syntax der nominalen Projektion, also der Nominalphrase (NP), gilt als ein klassisches Thema der Sprachwissenschaft, welches gleichzeitig aber auch sehr heterogen ist, was sich in der Literatur in oft völlig gegen-sätzlichen theoretischen Einsichten niederschlägt. Die vorliegende, über 650 Seiten umfassende Monographie untersucht die nominale Projektion und deren strukturelle Eigenschaften aus generativer Sicht. Es wird sprachvergleichend vorgegangen, wobei sich die Autorinnen dem ...