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Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics


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The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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Intensifiers in English and German: A Comparison

Intensifiers in English and German: A Comparison

1st Edition

Peter Siemund
May 20, 2016

This book deals with expressions like English myself, yourself, himself and so on, and German selbst from a perspective of language comparison. It is the first book-length study of intensifiers ever written. The study investigates the syntax and semantics of these expressions and provides a...

Negation in Non-Standard British English: Gaps, Regularizations and Asymmetries

Negation in Non-Standard British English: Gaps, Regularizations and Asymmetries

1st Edition

Lieselotte Anderwald
May 17, 2016

Despite the advances of radio and television and increasing mobility and urbanization, spoken English is by no means becoming more like the written standard. English dialect grammar, however, is still a new and relatively undeveloped area of research, and most studies to date are either restricted...

When-Clauses and Temporal Structure

When-Clauses and Temporal Structure

1st Edition

Renaat H. C. Declerck
May 09, 2016

Tense is one of the central issues of linguistics, and has been the focus of much attention in recent years. In this book, Declerck offers a detailed discussion of the temporal structures that are expressed by the combination of tense forms with the conjunction when....

The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent

The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent

1st Edition

Daniel Büring
April 24, 2016

This study provides an illuminating and ground-breaking account of the complex interaction of intonational phenomena, semantics and pragmatics. Based on examples from German and English, and centred on an analysis of the fall-rise intonation contour, a semantic interpretation for two different...

Negative Contexts: Collocation, Polarity and Multiple Negation

Negative Contexts: Collocation, Polarity and Multiple Negation

1st Edition

Ton van der Wouden
June 09, 2015

This research emphasizes semantic, syntactic and pragmatic considerations illustrating a wide array of linguistic approaches. Written from within the theoretical framework of Generalized Quantifiers, the three main areas considered are collocations, polarity items and multiple negations....

The Elliptical Noun Phrase in English: Structure and Use

The Elliptical Noun Phrase in English: Structure and Use

1st Edition

Christine Günther
June 08, 2015

This book presents a detailed analysis of structural as well as pragmatic aspects underlying the phenomenon of noun ellipsis in English. Here Günther examines the structure of elliptical noun phrases to account for the conditions on noun ellipsis and those on one-insertion, with special emphasis on...

The Grammar of Identity: Intensifiers and Reflexives in Germanic Languages

The Grammar of Identity: Intensifiers and Reflexives in Germanic Languages

1st Edition

Volker Gast
April 07, 2015

English self-forms and related words from other Germanic languages (e.g. Dutch zelf, Swedish själv, etc.) are used in two different functions: as ‘intensifiers’ (e.g. The president himself made the decision) and as markers of reflexivity (John criticized himself). On the basis of a comparative...

Reciprocity in English: Historical Development and Synchronic Structure

Reciprocity in English: Historical Development and Synchronic Structure

1st Edition

Florian Haas
February 27, 2015

Although the grammatical expression of reciprocal (or ‘mutual’) situations in the languages of the world has received a surprising amount of attention in recent years, so far no comprehensive study specifically dealing with the historical development and synchronic structure of English reciprocal...

The Grammar of Irish English: Language in Hibernian Style

The Grammar of Irish English: Language in Hibernian Style

1st Edition

Markku Filppula
December 02, 2014

Irish English, also termed 'Anglo-Irish' or 'Hiberno-English', as in this book, is not usually perceived as having a grammatical system of its own. Markku Filppula here challenges this misconception and offers a descriptive and contact-linguistic account of the grammar of Hiberno-English. Drawing...

Stretched Verb Constructions in English

Stretched Verb Constructions in English

1st Edition

D. J. Allerton
January 17, 2014

Constructions such as 'make an accusation against', or 'give one's approval for' can be seen as 'stretched' versions of simple verbs, such as 'accuse' or 'approve of'. What is the precise linguistic nature of stretched verbs, and how many basic types are there? What kinds of grammatical connections...

Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

1st Edition

Peter Siemund
December 11, 2013

This book investigates the use of English third person pronouns (he, she, it) across different varieties of English, where we frequently find he and she used for inanimate objects (the tree – he, the house – he, the bucket – he, but the water – it). It is the first book-length study of this subject...

Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts: Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond

Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts: Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond

1st Edition

Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Heli Paulasto
August 06, 2013

In this book, contributors have been brought together to discuss the role of two major factors shaping the grammars of different varieties of English (and of other languages) all over the world: so-called vernacular universals and contact-induced change. Rather than assuming a general typological...

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