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An HPSG Analysis of German Depictive Secondary Predicates

By Stefan Müller


AbstractI will provide German data that shows that depicitve secondary predicates may refer to subjects, direct objects, indirect objects, and even more oblique complements. Reference to more oblique arguments is more marked. The markedness corresponds to the obliqueness hierarchy that was proposed by Keenan and Comrie [13] and others. Based on these observations I will suggest analyzing depictive secondary predicates parallel to control constructions rather than raising constructions. Since depictives can refer to arguments that do not surface, the analysis makes reference to the underlying syntactic-semantic representation: the argument-structure

Publisher: Published by Elsevier B.V.
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S1571-0661(05)82585-X
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