By Volker Gast

English self-forms and comparable phrases from different Germanic languages (e.g. Dutch zelf, Swedish själv, etc.) are utilized in various features: as ‘intensifiers’ (e.g. The president himself made the decision) and as markers of reflexivity (John criticized himself). at the foundation of a comparative syntactic and semantic research, this ebook addresses the query of why such it seems that various features may be expressed through an identical be aware. this query is responded by means of exhibiting that either intensifying and reflexive self-forms could be analysed as expressing the idea that of ‘identity’.

In the 1st a part of The Grammar of Identity, the main valuable evidence in regards to the distribution of intensifiers in Germanic languages are surveyed and an in depth syntactic and semantic research is supplied. it's proven that each one cases of intensifiers will be analysed as expressions of an identification functionality. the second one a part of the ebook bargains an research of reflexive self-forms that's in accordance with fresh theories of reflexivity, editing those in a few vital respects. particularly, the distribution of reflexive self-forms is defined just about semantic houses of the sentential setting. during this method, it may be proven that reflexive self-forms – like intensifiers – might be analysed as expressions of an id functionality. as well as supplying a radical comparative description of the hitherto poorly defined sector of intensifiers in Germanic languages, this publication bargains a solution to an extended status query in descriptive and theoretical linguistics, particularly why self-forms are utilized in it sounds as if diverse services. by way of combining analytical tools from syntax, lexical semantics and sentence semantics the examine additionally contributes to an knowing of the interplay among constitution, which means and context in a crucial sector of lexico-grammar.

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