wThis 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.
“With the publication of the book ''A typology of purpose clauses'', Karsten Schmidtke-Bode has provided a valuable addition to a growing body of literature on complex constructions, in particular to our understanding of purpose constructions. This book is of great interest for anyone interested in complex constructions. I definitely recommend the book to anyone interested in the cross-linguistic study of the morpho-syntax and semantics of purpose clauses and related constructions.”
Lilián Guererro, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, on Linguist List 21.3177, 2010
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