This book deals with atypical predicate-argument relations. Although the relations between predicates, especially verbal, and their arguments have been long studied, most studies are concerned with typical telic verbs in the past tense, indicative mood, active voice, with all arguments expressed. Recently, linguists have become interested in other types of predicate-argument relations displaying atypical properties, be they morphological or syntactic, in one language or cross-linguistically. The articles in this book investigate some of these: argument marking with some special groups of verbs, arguments not foreseen in the verb valency and contributed by the construction, verbs in idiomatic constructions, valency-changing operations, arguments in thetic sentences or in participle constructions etc. The authors work within different theoretical frameworks and on various languages, from more current languages like English, Spanish, French or German, to Hebrew or lamaholot, an Austronesian language.
1. Introduction (by Ruchot, Thierry); 2. Part 1. Atypical realization of the main arguments of the verb; 3. Verbs of pain and accusative subjects in Romanian (by Peteghem, Marleen Van); 4. Non-canonical 'existential-like' constructions in colloquial Modern Hebrew (by Halevy, Rivka); 5. IO realizations in Spanish reverse psych verb sentences (by Nishida, Chiyo); 6. Non-human agents as subjects in English and Dutch: A corpus-based translation study (by Doms, Steven); 7. Part 2. Valency-changing devices and non-finite verb forms; 8. The argument-structure configuration of English middle and related structures (by Garcia de la Maza, Casilda); 9. Non-categorical categories: Aspect, Voice, Pred and the category of Participles (by Soare, Elena); 10. Part 3. Variations in transitivity; 11. The semantic motivation of non-canonical predicative relations: The French transitive construction (by Larjavaara, Meri); 12. Atypical argument structures in French: From metaphorical uses to atypical ones (by Girard-Gillet, Genevieve); 13. Split intransitivity in Lamaholot (East Flores, Indonesia) (by Grange, Philippe); 14. Part 4. Norm variation in predicate-arguments relations; 15. Geographic variation in a non-canonical infinitive structure with the modal verb brauchen (by Van Praet, Pascale); 16. Verbal constructions in spoken language deviating from the norm: Reflections on the concept of atypicality (by Schmale, Gunter); 17. Index of authors; 18. Index of subjects