Case alternation in present-day German: A corpus-based analysis of the conditions of use of accusative and dative with non-transparent two-way prepositional verbs

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
German syntax semantics German 20th Century Contemporary Quantitative Surveys Language and text analysis Western Europe Argument structure Case system Construction grammar Corpus linguistics Language variation Syntax and semantics Valency Linguistics
Project description

Building on corpus-based analysis, this project explores the motivations behind the case alternation between accusative and dative in verbal constructions with two-way prepositions in present-day German from a constructionist perspective, considering both cases as parts of alternating constructions with semantic functions in their own right, and focusing on the interplay between the constructions and the semantic and morphosyntactic properties of the lexical items.