The six revised papers collected here - two have been translated into English - address in their different ways questions relating to grammatical meaning (both semantics and pragmatics) and the analysis of constructions. Though they cover a period of about 10 years, they can be said to share a view of linguistic analysis that is holistic rather than modular and descriptive rather than generative. The topics discussed are: the semantics and pragmatics of
get-passives; the semantics of epistemic modality; the status, function and analysis of participial and gerundial -
ing constructions; four controversies in the analysis of modality and modal auxiliaries; the functional classification of adverbials and the pragmatics of their position; the semantics and pragmatics of prepositional phrases with
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1993. 196 pp.
Contents: Semantics and pragmatics of get-passives - Semantics of epistemic modality - Participial and gerundial -ing
constructions - The nature, definition and analysis of modality - Problems in adverbial classification and functions - The
semantics of for.