Adverbial Clauses in Cross-Linguistic Perspective by Katja Hetterle

By Katja Hetterle

This learn investigates adverbial clauses from a cross-linguistic point of view. according to different fresh typological learn within the context of advanced sentences and clause-linkage, it proceeds from an in depth, multivariate research of the morphosyntactic features of the phenomenon below scrutiny.

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Haeyeon 1994, Eifring 1995, Hara 2008), supplementing the breadth of information that is found in descriptions of adverbial clauses in a reference grammars. , Thompson 1985, Ramsay 1987, Ford 1993, Ford & Mori 1994, Couper-Kuhlen 1996, Couper-Kuhlen & Thompson 2000, Verstraete 2004, Wang 2006, Diessel 2005, 2008). However, what unites all of these studies is the fact that they are concerned either with individual structural and semantic aspects, individual clause types, or individual languages.

Special thanks goes to Volker for his very generous and extremely valuable assistance and communication in the editing process of the book. I am grateful to all the linguists with whom I discussed, at various stages in the writing process, questions via email or in person around the world: Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Suzanne Wash, Anna Martowicz, Asuka Matsumoto, Linda Konnerth, Ayten Babaliyeva, Misa Moroi, and Kyoto Maezono. Thanks also to the people from the Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik at FSU Jena for providing a great intellectual environment for developing the dissertation.

Specifically, twelve semantic types of adverbial clause are focused on, and they are depicted in Table 1. The terminological conventions are based on Kortmann (1997). The formal means that languages use to express the distinct interclausal relations are heterogeneous, ranging from fully clausal constructions that do not differ from independent main clauses to constructions that are tightly reduced in clausal properties and/or strongly nominalized, and they are marked not only by structural means that are specific to (adverbial) clause linkage (such as conjunctions, converbs, nominalized verbs, or subjunctives, to name but a few), but also by material from outside the specific domain of subordination.

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