Connectives in the History of English

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ISBN 9789027247988 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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Clausal connection is one of the key building blocks of language and thus a field where a wide range of syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and cognitive phenomena meet. The availability of large databases as well as considerable advances in corpus-linguistic methods have strengthened the interest in the history of features linking clauses or larger chunks of text. The papers in this volume combine a thorough corpus-based analysis of the history of individual connectives, their co-occurrence patterns, and patterns of variation and change from both intra- and inter-systemic perspectives with a variety of methodological tools, ranging from sophisticated methods of grammatical analysis to pragmatics, text linguistics and discourse analysis. Drawing on quantitatively and qualitatively improved data, the studies reconstruct the history of a wide range of connectives in English from various new theoretical perspectives.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 283]  2007.  viii, 318 pp.
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Table of Contents
Ursula Lenker and Anneli Meurman-Solin
Adverbial connectives within and beyond adverbial subordination: The history of lest
María José López-Couso


as a connective in the history of English
Bettelou Los
From to till: Early loss of an adverbial subordinator
Matti Rissanen
Rise of the adverbial conjunctions {any, each, every} time
Laurel J. Brinton
The evolution of since in medieval English
Rafal Molencki
Grammaticalization and syntactic polyfunctionality: The case of albeit
Elina Sorva
On the subjectification of adverbial clause connectives: Semantic and pragmatic considerations in the development of while-clauses
Ana I. González-Cruz
A relevance-theoretic view on issues in the history of clausal connectives
Carsten Breul


‘because’: Shifting deictics in the history of English causal connection:

Ursula Lenker
Conditionals in Early Modern English texts
Claudia Claridge
Relatives as sentence-level connectives
Anneli Meurman-Solin
'Connective profiles' in the history of English texts: Aspects of orality and literacy
Thomas Kohnen
Word Index
Subject index
“[...] an important and very informative contribution to the study of the historical development of connectives in English and European languages in general.”
“[...] its potential readership goes far beyond those interested in English historical linguistics, as the volume will also be rewarding for those working on clause combining and grammaticalisation processes in general.”
“[..] a coherent volume which may be regarded as definitive in its niche area.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007011997 | Marc record