This book deals with expressions like English myself, yourself, himself and so on, and German selbst from a perspective of language comparison. It is the first book-length study of intensifiers ever written. The study investigates the syntax and semantics of these expressions and provides a thorough account of a much neglected grammatical domain. Given that the approach is both descriptive and analytic, the book will be of interest to linguists, grammar writers and teachers of English and German alike.
'…a stimulating read…full of carefully contextualized examples…I would recommend it not only to semanticists interested in focus particles and discourse structure, but also - strongly - to syntacticians, who will find here a goldmine of fascinating semantic and distributional material to feed their own reflection on clause structure.' - Anne Zribi-Hertz , ELL 2001