The Syntax and Semantics of the Left Periphery
The left periphery of clausal structures has been a prominent topic of research in generative linguistics during the last decades. Closer examination of its properties unfolds a rich array of perspectives like the status of barriers for extraction and government, the articulation of the topic focus structure, the fixation of wh-scope, the marking of clausal types, the interaction of syntactic structure with inflectional morphology as well as the determination of sentence mood and illocutionary force to mention just a few. The purpose of this book is to collect different and relevant studies in this field and to give a general overview of the various theoretical approaches concerned with morphological, syntactic and semantic properties together with the diachronic development of the left periphery.
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Theoretical developments of the left periphery
The syntactic integration of preposed adverbial clauses
Decomposing the left periphery
Headmovement in minimalism and V2 as FORCEmarking
In front of the prefield inside or outside the clause?
Notes on the syntax and the pragmatics of German Left Dislocation
Inflectional morphology and sentence mood in German
ET parasitic gaps and German clause structure
Verb position verbal mood and the anchoring potential
Nonstandard whquestions and alternative checkers in Pagotto
The particle li and the left periphery of Slavic yesno interrogatives
Tense person and mood under attitudes
Complementizer selection and the properties