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Title: On the status of the prepositional phrase in transformational grammar, with especial reference to German
Author: MacKenzie, J. L.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1978
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This study falls into two parts. The first part contains a comprehensive examination of the various proposals that have been made by previous scholars concerning the status of the prepositional phrase in transformational generative grammar. The analysis of the prepositional phrase in the 'Standard Theory' and the 'Extended Standard Theory' is examined, as are the various counter-proposals put forward by Lakoff. Finally, a number of approaches, all of which are characterized by positing a common source for prepositional and noun phrases, are submitted to critical appraisal. The second part, constituting the remainder of the study, draws upon the findings of the first in considering the advantages inherent in treating the preposition as a subtype of predicate and the implications of such an approach for a transformational grammar of German. Evidence of various kinds is adduced in support of this analysis, which is shown to offer interesting insights into the structure of the system of German prepositions. On this basis, an attempt is made to isolate the configurations of semantic structure that must be posited in order to account for all the different syntactic and semantic functions of the prepositional phrase. The notion of 'Satzglied' is also incorporated into the transformational framework. The study ends with a number of conclusions as to the status of the prepositional phrase in transformational grammar.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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