On Particle Verbs and Similar Constructions in
This book deals with the so-called particle verbs (or separable verbs) in German. It shows that particle verbs cannot be clearly distinguished from similar constructions (like e.g. resultative constructions) by discussing the linguistic tests that have been used in the literature. It is argued that those constructions that are commonly called particle verbs are phrasal constructions (of various sorts) instead of words. The only difference between particle verbs and similar constructions is non-transparency or listedness. It is shown that much of the behavior of particle verbs that is commonly claimed to be due to structural facts (topicalization of the particle, question-answer sequences etc.) is really due to semantic factors (like non-transparency). Many of the word formation facts cannot be explained by structural differences but seem to be influenced by the listed/unlisted distinction as well.
Anke Lüdeling is at the Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverabeitung, Universitaet Stuttgart.
ISBN (Paperback): 1575863022
ISBN (Cloth): 1575863014
Subject: Linguistics; German Language--Verb; German Language--Word Formation
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