Article published in:Linking Constructions into Functional Linguistics: The role of constructions in grammar
Edited by Brian Nolan and Elke Diedrichsen
[Studies in Language Companion Series 145] 2013
► pp. 1–22
Controller-controllee relations in purposive constructions
A construction-based account
This paper examines purpose and rationale clauses, two subtypes of purposive constructions. The study of these constructions has been mainly developed for English within formal syntax. A purpose clause is a VP-internal adjunct containing a gap bound to the matrix object(i.e. controllee), while a rationale clause is a VP-external adjunct lacking a gap bounded to the matrix object. A similar approach to controller-pivot relationships for purpose has been adopted in previous studies in Role and Reference Grammar. Based on cross-linguistic data, I argue that the lexical manifestation of the controlled element is a language-specific feature, i.e. it can be covert or overt. In some languages, the two lexical manifestations are possible, i.e. a construction-specific property.
Published online: 06 December 2013
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