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Elements of Slavic and Germanic Grammars: A Comparative View

Papers on Topical Issues in Syntax and Morphosyntax


Jacek Witkos and Gisbert Fanselow

This book is a collection of papers on various aspects of the syntax and morphosyntax of Germanic and Slavic languages (English, German, Czech, Polish, and Russian), stemming from the Syntax Session of the 2006 PLM conference in Poznań (Poland). Gisbert Fanselow and Caroline Féry discuss lack of Superiority with German movement; Gereon Müller links pro-drop to non-impoverished inflectional morphology; Christopher Wilder deals with English constructions with a directional locative and imperative; Adam Biały decomposes event structure; Katarzyna Sówka analyses the semantics of German verbs of giving; Ewa Bułat takes a fresh look at null subjects; Helen Trugman presents the distribution of adnominal adjectives in Russian; Agnieszka Pysz explores the same issue in Old English; Bożena Cetnarowska employs OT to describe possessives in Polish; Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen and Paweł Scheffler compare Polish and Italian reversible verbs; Radek Šimik describes different relative pronouns in Czech; Mojmir Dočekal discusses lack of WCO effects in Czech; Michael Moss argues for a complex structure of the Polish clause, and Jacek Witkoś demonstrates that control-as-movement penetrates CPs.
Contents: Adam Biały: Results and feature specification of Polish prefixes – Ewa Bułat: Empty subjects revisited and revised cross-linguistically – Bożena Cetnarowska: Genitive/possessive variation and syntactic optionality in an optimality-theoretic framework – Mojmír Dočekal: WCO and focus in Czech – Gisbert Fanselow/Caroline Féry: Missing superiority effects: Long movement in German (and other languages) – Katarzyna Miechowicz- Mathiasen/Paweł Scheffler: A corpus-based analysis of the peculiar behaviour of the Polish verb podobać się – Michael Moss: Functional projections in Polish – Gereon Müller: Some consequences of an impoverishment-based approach to morphological richness and Pro-Drop – Agnieszka Pysz: On the placement of prenominal adjectives with complements: Evidence from Old English – Radek Šimík: Specificity in (Czech) relative clauses – Katarzyna Sówka: Non-uniform approach to dative verbs in English – Helen Trugman: Move versus merge: DP-internal modifiers – Christopher Wilder: The PP-with-DP construction – Jacek Witkoś: Control and predicative adjectives in Polish.