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PeriphrasisThe Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms$
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Marina Chumakina and Greville Corbett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265253

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265253.001.0001

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The Phrase-structural Diversity of Periphrasis

The Phrase-structural Diversity of Periphrasis

A Lexicalist Account

Chapter:
(p.141) 6 The Phrase-structural Diversity of Periphrasis
Source:
Periphrasis
Author(s):

Olivier Bonami

Gert Webelhuth

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265253.003.0006

Periphrastic constructions in related and well-studied languages such as English, German, and French exhibit significant diversity in their syntactic structure. In English the main verb combines with its complements first, whereas in German the main verb combines with the auxiliary first. French demonstrates that it is possible to have diversity even within one language. Two periphrastic tenses in French — the perfect and the near future — correspond to two distinct phrase structure configurations. This chapter argues that different syntactic configurations show the same level of paradigm integration in the relevant language, and thus the theory of periphrasis should not depend on the particular phrase structure. It presents a formal account for the phrase-structural diversity of periphrases using Paradigm Function Morphology as the inflectional component for an HPSG account.

Keywords:   linguistics, syntax, Paradigm Function Morphology, paradigm, HPSG, verb phrase structure

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