Clause Linking and Clause Hierarchy

Syntax and pragmatics

ISBN 9789027205889 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027287588 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This collective volume explores clause-linkage strategies in a cross-linguistic perspective with greater emphasis on subordination. Part I presents some theoretical reassessment of syntactic terminologies and distinctive criteria for subordination, as well as typological methods based on sets of variables and statistics allowing cross-linguistic comparability. Part II deals with strategies relating to clause-chaining, conjunctive conjugations, converbial constructions, masdars. Part III centers on the interaction between the syntax, pragmatics, and semantics of clause-linking and subordination, in relation to informa­tional structure, to referential hierarchy, and correlative constructions. Part IV presents insights in the clause-linking and subordinating functions of some T.A.M. markers, verbal inflectional morphology and conjugation systems, which may also interact with informa­tional hierarchy, via the backgrounding effects and lack of illocutionary force of some aspect and mood forms. The volume is of particular interest to linguists and typologists working on clause-linkage systems and on the interface between syntax, pragmatics, and semantics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 121]  2010.  viii, 632 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Editor’s introduction: The syntax and pragmatics of clause linkage and clause hierarchy: Some new perspectives
Isabelle Bril
Part I. Syntactic terminology and typological methods
Clause linkage and Nexus in Papuan languages
William Foley
Capturing particulars and universals in clause linkage: A multivariate analysis
Balthasar Bickel
Part II. Clause-chaining, converbs, masdars, absolutive constructions, etc.
Specialized converbs and adverbial subordination in Axaxdәrә Akhvakh
Denis Creissels
Finite and non-finite: Prosodic distinctions on Budugh verb stems
Gilles Authier
Converbs and adverbial clauses in Badaga, a South-Dravidian language
Christiane Pilot-Raichoor
Coordination, converbs and clause chaining in Coptic Egyptian typology and structural analysis
Chris H. Reintges
Part III. Subordination, informational hierarchy and referential hierarchy
Informational and referential hierarchy: Clause-linking strategies in Austronesian-Oceanic languages
Isabelle Bril
Comment clause: Crossing the boundaries between simple and complex sentences
Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Deixis, information structure and clause linkage in Yafi’ Arabic (Yemen)
Martine Vanhove
The role of the Berber deictic and TAM markers in dependent clauses in Zenaga
Catherine Taine-Cheikh
Deixis and temporal subordinators in Pomak (Slavic, Greece)
Evangelia Adamou
Correlative markers as phoric “Grammaticalised Category Markers” of subordination in German
Colette Cortès
Part IV. Informational hierarchy and TAM markers’ functions in clause-linkage
Focus, mood and clause linkage in Umpithamu (Cape York Peninsula, Australia)
Jean-Christophe Verstraete
Clause chaining and conjugations in Wolof: A typology of parataxis and its semantics
Stéphane Robert
Pragmatic demotion and clause dependency: On two atypical subordinating strategies in Lo-Toga and Hiw (Torres, Vanuatu)
Alexandre François
Tense-mood concordance and clause chaining in Mankon (a Grassfields Bantu language)
Jacqueline Leroy
Clause dependency relations in East Greenlandic Inuit
Nicole Tersis
Coordination and subordination: Áma in Bulgarian dialectal Greek
Eleni Valma
Author index
Language index
Topic index
“From Tunumiisut to Wolof, from the Daghestanian family to the Austronesian languages, and from morphological details to discourse strategies, the book is a fascinating ride through (and a wonderful tribute to) the many ways human beings express themselves, focusing here on one issue that could be summed up simply as: how do you express two things conjointly? The chapters are often not much more than raw catalogues of forms and uses, but that's precisely their strength: they provide valuable data instead of uncertain concepts. That is also the reason why, I believe, this volume is an invaluable addition to any linguist's bookshelf, a reference you'll come back to again and again.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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