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Title: Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy
Subtitle: Interpersonal Grammar and the Analysis of Adverbial Clauses in English
Written By: Jean-Christophe Verstraete
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 55

This study argues that the domain traditionally covered by 'coordination'
and 'subordination' in English can be subdivided into four distinct
construction types. The constructions are defined on the basis of
differences in their 'interpersonal' structure, i.e. the grammatical
encoding of speaker-attitude and speaker-interlocutor interaction. It is
shown that the four types constitute syntactically, semantically and
pragmatically coherent categories, with differences in interpersonal
structure defining and motivating distinct syntactic behaviour, distinct
pragmatic functions and distinct semantic classes of clause linkage.

The validity of the analysis is demonstrated in three ways. First, it is
shown that the analysis can make sense of the wide range of apparently
conflicting criteria found in the literature on complex sentences, which
can now be explained as reflections of four different construction types
rather than as alternative perspectives on one single contrast between
coordination and subordination. Second, it is shown how the analysis can
deal with two specific problems in the more general area of clause
combining, viz. the syntactic basis of the distinction between 'content',
'epistemic' and 'speech act' levels of clause linkage, and the distinct
discursive functions associated with initial and final position of
adverbial clauses. Finally, it is also shown that the proposed analysis is
useful beyond the analysis of English, with parallels in a number of
cross-linguistically recurrent phenomena of clause linkage. The book is
mainly of interest to linguistics researchers in the areas of syntax,
semantics and pragmatics as well as to graduate students with a focus on
these fields.

Of interest to: Researchers and Graduate Students with a Special Interest
in the Fields of Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and in the Study of English

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110199505
Pages: 322
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