Particles: On the Syntax of Verb-Particle, Triadic, and Causative Constructions

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byMarcel den Dikken

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Particles are words that do not change their form through inflection and do not fit easily into the established system of parts of speech. Examples include the negative particle "not," the infinitival particle "to" (as in "to go"), and do and let in "do tell me" and "let's go." Particlesinvestigates the constraints on the distribution and placement of verbal particles. A proper understanding of these constraints yields insight into the structure of various secondary predicative constructions. Starting out from a detailed analysis of complex particle constructions, den Dikkenbrings forth accounts of triadic constructions and Dative Shift, and the relationship between dative and transitive causative constructions--all of them built on the basic structural template proposed from complex particle constructions. Drawing on data from Norwegian, English, Dutch, German, WestFlemish, and other languages, this book will interest a wide audience of students and specialists.

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Particles are words that do not change their form through inflection and do not fit easily into the established system of parts of speech. Examples include the negative particle "not," the infinitival particle "to" (as in "to go"), and do and let in "do tell me" and "let's go." Particlesinvestigates the constraints on the distributio...

Marcel den Dikken is at University of Amsterdam.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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