By Katja Hetterle
This research investigates adverbial clauses from a cross-linguistic viewpoint. in keeping with different fresh typological learn within the context of advanced sentences and clause-linkage, it proceeds from a close, multivariate research of the morphosyntactic features of the phenomenon below scrutiny.
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On the other hand, a central goal is the qualitative and quantitative comparison of the individual semantic types of clause with respect to each of the parameters. It will be shown that the morphosyntactic make-up of adverbial clause constructions differs substantially across clause types; that is, that the intra-categorial structural diversity is immense. It is not random, though, and the observed patterns will be linked to usage-based principles that motivate them. Based on these findings and in keeping with previous work in the context of subordination (Cristofaro 2003), Chapter 4 studies the individual types of adverbial clause by analyzing their divergent behavior with respect to the issue of clausal downgrading, but as will be discussed in more detail below, the present work deviates from previous work in scope and method of analysis.
Behaghel 1923−32, Halliday 1967/2004, Talmy 1978), whose proponents argue that old, presupposed information comes before new, asserted information in discourse (“theme before rheme”, “figure before ground”). , Mithun 1987: 296−297, Givón 1988: 275−276). , Chafe 1984, Thompson 1985, Ford 1993, Diessel 2001, 2005, Diessel & Hetterle 2011). Explanations for universals of linear order also come from the domain of processing.
Typological hierarchies and semantic maps will play a central role in the discussion of the degree of downgrading of adverbial clause types and the multifunctionality of adverbial relations, respectively, in Chapters 4 and 5. It is important that typological universals are not interpreted in an absolute sense. , Bickel 2010b). , Chomsky 2000). The latter view is inextricably tied to the descriptive metalanguage, because it presupposes fixed a priori terms to which the realities of every language are imperatively assigned.
Adverbial Clauses in Cross-Linguistic Perspective by Katja Hetterle
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