German reflexives as proper and improper arguments

  • Reflexive pronouns as central anaphoric elements are subject to general principles determined by Universal Grammar and shared by all languages that use reflexives as part of their grammatical structure. In addition to these general conditions, there are language particular properties, which different languages can exhibit on the basis of different regulations. One variation of this sort is the particular role of Reflexives in German, which can show up as improper Arguments, which are subject to standard syntactic and morphological conditions, but do not represent an argument of the head they belong to. Hence the particular property is the effect of syntactic, morphological and semantic conditions. A simple illustration of the phenomena I will explore in this contribution is based on the following observation.

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Author:Manfred Bierwisch
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2009/10/13
Year of first Publication:2006
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/10/13
GND Keyword:Lexikologie; Reflexivpronomen
Page Number:17
Postprint, zuerst in: Form, structure, and grammar : a festschrift presented to Günther Grewendorf on occasion of his 60th birthday / Patrick Brandt, Eric Fuß (eds.) ; Berlin : Akad.-Verl., 2006
Source: ; (in:) Patrick Brandt, Eric Fuß: Form, Structure, and Grammar : a festschrift presented to Günther Grewendorf on occasion of his 60th birthday. - Berlin:
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht