Visit www.benjamins.com

A Typology of Purpose Clauses

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this e-book

Price: £83.00+Taxes
Add to favourites
image of <p>A Typology of Purpose Clauses</p>
Abstract

This book presents the first comprehensive typology of purpose clause constructions in the world’s languages. Based on a stratified variety sample of 80 languages, it uncovers the unity and diversity of the morphosyntactic means by which purposive relations are coded, and discusses the status of purpose clauses in the syntactic and conceptual space of complex sentences. Explanations for significantly recurrent coding patterns are couched in a usage-based approach to language structure, which pays due attention to the cognitive and communicative pressures on usage events involving purpose clauses, to frequency distributions of grammatical choices in corpora, and to the ways in which usage preferences conventionalize in pathways of diachronic change. The book integrates diverse previous strands of research on purpose clauses with a thorough empirical analysis in its own right and thus reflects the current state of the art of crosslinguistic research into this distinctive type of adverbial clause.An appendix to A Typology of Purpose Clauses can be found on the author's website: www.kschmidtkebode.de/purpose.html

Subjects: Typology; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

References

http://jbenjamins.metastore.ingenta.com/content/books/9789027288981
Loading
Chapters loading Please wait...
/content/books/9789027288981
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address