Adpositions and adpositional phrases in a syntactic perspective

Claude Hagège

in Adpositions

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575008
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722578 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

Adpositions and adpositional phrases in a syntactic perspective

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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

Chapter.  21745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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