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Claude Hagège

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575008.001.0001

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Adpositions and adpositional phrases in a syntactic perspective

Adpositions and adpositional phrases in a syntactic perspective

(p.191) 4 Adpositions and adpositional phrases in a syntactic perspective

Claude Hagège (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the specific features by which adpositions (Adps) distinguish themselves from other strategies used by languages to build syntactic relationships between units in the framework of sentences and clauses. It considers syntactic facts, some of which are the preferred, or even exclusive, domain, of Adps and Adp-phrases. The chapter successively examines Adp-phrases (i) as core and peripheral complements of verbal predicates; (ii) as complements of nominal heads; (iii) as serving the predicative function; and (iv) as scopes of certain operations, i.e., as heads with respect to certain dependent elements and as focus in sentences. Finally, it offers some examples of the syntactic diversity of Adp-phrases.

Keywords:   adpositions, Adp phrases, verbal predicates, nominal heads, predicative function, grammar

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