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ERIC Number: ED176597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 36
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Semi-auxiliaries in English and German.
Erdmann, Peter
A categorical difference between the verbal groups of English and German is discussed. The English verbal group is analyzed as consisting of a lexical constituent and modifiers. The latter divide into four groups of (full) auxiliaries (passive, aspect, time relation, and epistemic modals) and into the two main classes of verbal and non-verbal semi-auxiliaries. The former comprises verbs like "begin,""happen," and "seem"; and the latter comprises expressions like "certain to" and "said to." German lacks a consistent opposition between auxiliaries and semi-auxiliaries among the verbal modifiers. Ways of rendering English semi-auxiliaries into German are illustrated, with concentration on the modal non-verbal subgroup. It provides means for dealing with some of the syntactic peculiarities of elements such as "likely" or "sicher." In a final section, some of the treatments of semi-auxiliaries in the recent literature are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: German
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