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Structural Aspects of Semantically Complex Verbs

Nicole Dehé and Anja Wanner

It is a point of debate to what extent and according to which principles the syntactic behavior of verbs can be derived from their semantic representations and how it can be affected by lexical or syntactic operations. This collection of articles brings together insights from the research on verbs whose semantic structure has been made more complex by the incorporation of a particle, a prefix, a verbal or a nominal element. A list of the constructions and languages that are discussed includes particle and prefix verbs in English and German, resultative constructions in English, Danish and Spanish, psych verbs in English and German, and compound verbs in Greek, Chinese, and Persian.
Contents: Nicole Dehé / Anja Wanner: Introduction – Jochen Zeller: Prefixes as Transitivizers – Cristiano Broccias: The English Resultative Construction: A Schematic Analysis – Tavs Bjerre: Verbs and Descriptions of Complex Situations – Jaume Mateu: Unselected Objects – Claudia Felser / Anja Wanner: The Syntax of Cognate and Other Unselected Objects – Andrew McIntyre: Argument Blockages Induced by Verb Particles in English and German: Event Modification and Secondary Predication – Nicole Dehé: Transitive Particle Verbs in English: The Neutral Order. Evidence from Speech Production – Holden Härtl: Mapping Conceptual onto Grammatical Structures: The Case of Psych-Verbs – Heide Wegener: Verbs of Affect from a Synchronic and a Diachronic Perspective – Antroulla Papakyriakou: Aspectual Verbs as Complex Predicates – Gh. Karimi Doostan: N + V Complex Predicates in Persian – Niina Zhang: Predicate Raising in the Chinese Secondary Predication.