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Title: Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining
Subtitle: The multifunctionality of conjunctions
Edited By: Ritva Laury
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 80

The study of clause combining has been advanced lately by increasing
interest in the study of actual language use in a typologically diverse set
of languages. A number of received understandings have been challenged,
among these the idea of clause combinations as being divisible into
subordination and coordination in a binary fashion. Connected to this idea
is the nature of conjunctions, a topic treated in several articles here.
Couched within the larger issue of the nature of categoriality in language,
several of the papers show that conjunctions are highly polyfunctional
items, and that clause combining is only one of the uses to which speakers
put them. Other topics treated in the volume are the historical development
of conjunctions and the use of formulaic main clause constructions as
projective units in conversation. The articles manifest both typological
and theoretical breadth. They are based on data from Bulgarian, English,
Estonian, Finnish, Indonesian, Japanese, and Spanish. The theoretical
approaches include discourse-functional, interactional, historical and
generative linguistics.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229937
ISBN-13: 9789027229939
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289919
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00