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Title: The Semantics of Clause-Linking
Subtitle: A Cross-Linguistic Typology
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
Chia-jung Pan
Series Title: Explorations in Linguistic Typology
Description:

This book is a cross-linguistic examination of the different grammatical
means languages employ to represent a general set of semantic relations
between clauses. The investigations focus on ways of combining clauses
other than through relative and complement clause constructions. These span a
number of types of semantic linking. Three, for example, describe varieties
of consequence -cause, result, and purpose - which may be illustrated in
English by, respectively: "Because John has been studying German for years,
he speaks it well; John has been studying German for years, thus he speaks
it well; and John has been studying German for years, in order that he
should speak it well." Syntactic descriptions of languages provide a
grammatical analysis of clause types. The chapters in this book add the
further dimension of semantics, generally in the form of focal and
supporting clauses, the former referring to the central activity of the
state of the bi-clausal linking; and the latter to the clause attached to
it. The supporting clause may set out the temporal milieu for the focal
clause of specify a condition or presupposition for it or a preliminary
statement of it, as in "Although John has been studying German for years
(the supporting clause), he does not speak it well (the focal clause).
Professor Dixon's extensive opening discussion is followed by fourteen case
studies of languages ranging from Korean and Kham to Iquito and Ojibwe. The
book's concluding synthesis is provided by Professor Aikhenvald.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199567220
ISBN-13: 9780199567225
Pages: 432
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00