Angantýsson, Ásgrímur and Jędrzejowski, Łukasz (2020). On causal "af-því-að"-clauses in Icelandic with a brief comparison to German verb final "weil"-clauses. Working Paper.

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The main aim of this paper is to examine adverbial causal "af-því-að"-clauses in modern Icelandic with a brief comparison to verb final causal "weil"-clauses in German. Semantically, we argue that "af-því-að"-clauses can be interpreted as content, epistemic or speech act related causal clauses. Syntactically, we show that "af-því-að" clauses can be analyzed as central, peripheral or disintegrated adverbial clauses in the sense claimed by Haegeman (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012) and Frey (2011, 2012, 2016, to appear), attaching as Tense Phrase, Judge Phrase or Act Phrase adjuncts, respectively. Essentially, we take interpretative differences to follow from the distinct attachment heights. Main arguments for this tripartite division are based on binding data, negation scope, movement restrictions, and mood alternation.

Item Type: Preprints, Working Papers or Reports (Working Paper)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Angantýsson, Ásgrímurasgriman@hi.isUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jędrzejowski, Łukaszl.jedrzejowski@uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-367132
Series Name: Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
Number of Pages: 27
Date: December 2020
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 3: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur > Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur I
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
adverbial clause, causal clause, Icelandic, German, syntax, semanticsEnglish
Adverbialsatz, Kausalsatz, Isländisch, Deutsch, Syntax, SemantikGerman
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Funders: Daimler und Benz Stiftung
Projects: Adverbial clauses as non-canonical adjuncts
Refereed: No


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