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Intensifiers in English and German

A Comparison, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Siemund


294 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General