Prepositions, Postpositions, Circumpositions, and Particles

Hilda Koopman

in Mapping Spatial PPs

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393675
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199796847 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

                   Prepositions, Postpositions, Circumpositions, and Particles

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This chapter constitutes the first elaborate cartographic analysis of the fine structure of PPs based on an in-depth study of Dutch, and provides the background for many of the contributions to this volume. In addition to postulating a PlaceP hosting stative prepositions inside a PathP hosting directional prepositions, the author’s proposal offers evidence for a number of functional projections between the two and above PathP to make room for the movement of er pronouns, degree phrases and other modifiers. The author’s analysis in terms of leftward movements and pied-piping of inner constituents of the extended projection of PPs is the first attempt to offer an account of the complex internal syntax of Dutch (and German) PPs; languages which feature prepositions, postpositions and circumpositions.

Keywords: Dutch; prepositions; postpositions; circumpositions

Chapter.  16987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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