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Author Grosz, Patrick Georg.

Title On the grammar of optative constructions [electronic resource] / Patrick Georg Grosz.

Imprint Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (358 pages).
Series Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today ; v. 193
Linguistik aktuell ; v. 193.
Contents On the Grammar of Optative Constructions; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Prolegomena; 2.1 Optatives -- definitions and illustrations; 2.1.1 Optative basics: Introducing if-, that- and V1-optatives; 2.1.2 If-optatives are not optative conditionals; 2.1.3 Cautionary remarks on optative mood and clause type; 2.1.4 Interim summary and terminological clarifications; 2.2 Dispelling the idiom hypothesis; 2.3 The next of kin -- introducing polar exclamatives; 2.4 Interim summary; The core analysis.
3.1 The EX-Op analysis: A bird's-eye view3.1.1 The aim of this project; 3.1.2 The system in a nutshell; 3.1.3 On the cognition-emotion dichotomy; 3.1.4 The views of others: How to classify this type of analysis; 3.2 The EX-Op analysis: A worm's-eye view; 3.2.1 In a nutshell; 3.2.2 Introducing EX; 3.2.3 The role of particles in exclamations; 3.2.4 The role of mood in exclamations; 3.3 Summary and road map; The source of desirability in optatives; 4.1 On expressing emotion, EX and generalized exclamations; 4.1.1 The core puzzle: Attitudes without attitude predicates; 4.1.2 Core proposal.
4.1.3 Optative clauses behave like complement clauses4.1.3.1 On polarity in optatives; On inversion in optatives; On morphological tense and mood in optatives; On the range of functions for EX-utterances; Interim summary; 4.1.4 Optative clauses do not involve matrix clause deletion; The core argument against matrix clause deletion; Scholz's evidence against matrix clause deletion; Rifkin's evidence against matrix clause deletion; Interim summary; 4.1.5 Introducing EX -- An emotive operator; 4.1.6 The EX operator is expressive. On the non-truth-functionality of exclamations4.1.6.2 Non-embeddability: A hallmark of expressive content and exclamations; A brief review of other markers of expressive meaning; 4.1.7 The EX operator is scalar; 4.1.8 On the role of interjections and other prototypical elements; 4.1.9 Formal matters: What is in EX and what isn't; 4.1.10 Two types of optatives: EX-optatives and Adv-optatives; 4.1.11 Summary; 4.2 An alternative: Deriving desirability from the pragmatics; 4.2.1 Biezma (2011ab) in a nutshell; 4.2.2 Are optatives conditionals?
4.2.3 Do optatives involve reversed topicality?4.2.4 Can we derive desirability from the discourse?; On the role of mood in exclamations; 5.1 The core proposal: Connecting V to C via mood; 5.1.1 Two puzzles; 5.1.2 One solution (in a nutshell); 5.1.3 A split mood realization system in German exclamations; 5.1.4 Generalized split-TAM; 5.1.5 Syntactic implementation -- on mood movement and V1; 5.1.6 On the content of C; 5.1.7 Interim summary; 5.2 Mood selection; 5.2.1 Out in the optative left field: An apparent selection problem; 5.2.2 Towards a solution.
Note 5.3 Mood, exclamations and the connection to verb second.
Summary This monograph is one of the first theoretical studies of optatives. Optative constructions express desire without an overt lexical item that means 'desire'. The author specifically investigates optatives with the syntax of embedded clauses that contain prototypical particles such as 'only'. He rejects the view that optativity arises compositionally from the standard semantics of embedded clauses and prototypical particles. The following system is proposed: Desirability is due to a generalized scalar exclamation operator EX. Furthermore, clausal properties such as factivity/counterfactuality a.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Mood.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Subordinate constructions.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Subjunctive.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Tense.
English language -- Grammar, Comparative.
German language -- Grammar, Comparative.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Grosz, Patrick Georg. On the Grammar of Optative Constructions. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©2012 9789027255761
ISBN 9789027273451 (electronic bk.)
9027273456 (electronic bk.)
9789027255761 (Cloth)
9027255768 (Cloth)
Standard No. 9786613851918