Adverbials have become an important testing ground for research on the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The articles selected for this volume present recent research on this topic. Among the issues addressed are the occurrence of adverbials in various domains of the sentence Mittelfeld, left and right periphery, adverbials in front of gaps, and the influence of the discourse context on the interpretation and position of adverbials. Particular classes of adverbials that are discussed include domain, locative, temporal, manner, transparent, and degree adverbials. Beyond the exploration of these topics, the volume reflects the current debate between proponents of semantic-driven approaches to the positioning of adverbials which assume adverbials to be adjuncts and approaches that claim a primacy of syntax in conceiving of adverbials as specifiers in a universally valid hierarchy of functional projections.
1. Foreword; 2. Current issues in the syntax and semantics of adverbials (by Austin, Jennifer R.); 3. Circumstantial adverbs and aspect (by Adger, David); 4. Optimizing adverb placement in gap constructions (by Engels, Eva); 5. Domain adverbs and the syntax of adjuncts (by Ernst, Thomas); 6. Depictives and transparent adverbs (by Geuder, Wilhelm); 7. Degree Phrases versus Quantifier Phrases in prenominal and preverbal positions: A hybrid explanation for some distributional asymmetries (by Haumann, Dagmar); 8. A feature-based theory of adverb syntax (by Laenzlinger, Christopher); 9. Where syntax and semantics meet: Adverbial positions in the German middle field (by Pittner, Karin); 10. Left/right contrasts among English temporal adverbials (by Shaer, Benjamin); 11. Author index; 12. Subject index