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By Karsten Schmidtke-Bode

ISBN-10: 9027206694

ISBN-13: 9789027206695

This ebook provides the 1st entire typology of goal clause buildings within the world’s languages. in keeping with a stratified style pattern of eighty languages, it uncovers the harmony and variety of the morphosyntactic capability wherein purposive kin are coded, and discusses the prestige of function clauses within the syntactic and conceptual house of complicated sentences. factors for considerably recurrent coding styles are couched in a usage-based method of language constitution, which will pay due awareness to the cognitive and communicative pressures on utilization occasions concerning objective clauses, to frequency distributions of grammatical offerings in corpora, and to the ways that utilization personal tastes conventionalize in pathways of diachronic swap. The booklet integrates varied prior strands of analysis on goal clauses with an intensive empirical research in its personal correct and hence displays the present cutting-edge of crosslinguistic learn into this targeted kind of adverbial clause.An appendix to A Typology of function Clauses are available at the author's web site: www.karsten-schmidtke.net/purpose

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Ofofcxns. lgs. one one or two two one, two or three two or three three four 106 13 83 1 5 9 1 Figure 5. Number of gestalt features in purpose clauses (N = 218) 2. Since we are primarily interested in overt coding cues here, we disregard, for instance, the position of the purpose clause or implicit arguments (which are rather behavioural properties). Chapter 3. 6%). Apparently, there is some variation with respect to the optional occurrence of features (cf. columns 2, 4 and 5). 2 will uncover, the additional gestalt features occurring in purpose clauses are amazingly uniform across languages, as they fall into a very limited number of distinct types.

5 Previous work The present study draws on valuable previous research on purpose clause constructions. To start with the language-specific literature, every comprehensive grammar of the better-known and extensively documented languages contains Chapter 2. Theoretical and methodological foundations Figure 3. g. van Klinken 1999 on Tetun). In addition, there are a number of papers that deal with (a specific aspect of) purpose clauses in a single language; these will be introduced and discussed at the relevant places in this study.

Also Givón 1980: 338) and hence needs to be associated with another proposition for its full interpretation. e. the languagespecific set of criteria for coding dependent events, is but a heuristic device for the assessment of the balanced or deranked status of a clause. In the following, we will thus ask whether purpose clauses are characterized cross-linguistically by a rather high or low degree of integration, viz. 1). 2, home in on the best-known variables of traditional finiteness. Specifically, the focus will be on uncovering and explaining the particular phenotypes of tense-aspect-mood (henceforth TAM) marking in purpose clauses.

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