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Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions

A Corpus-based Study

Series:

Simone E. Pfenninger

Contents: The Beginnings. Towards a Historical Explanation of the Difference between English and High German Existential Constructions: Word Order in the History of English - The Derivation of the English ETC - Word Order in the History of High German - The Derivation of the High German Existential da-Construction - The Derivation of High German ‘es’-Constructions – ETCs in Modern English: Syntactic Classification - Semantic Classification - Pragmatic Approach – The Modern High German Counterparts: The Status of es in ModHG - Syntactic Approach to the High German Counterparts - Semantic and Pragmatic Approaches to the ModHG Counterparts.