Semantics and grammar in clause linking

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2009) Semantics and grammar in clause linking. In: Dixon, R.M.W., and Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., (eds.) The Semantics of Clause Linking: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 380-402.

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Abstract

All the semantic relations between clauses — outlined in Chapter 1 — can in some way be expressed in each of the languages discussed within this volume. This is akin to a lay assumption that anything can be said in any language. It is, however, the case that some relations are expressed more readily and more frequently than others. Temporal relations between clauses are a prime example. In contrast, semantic relations of possible consequence, manner, or addition may not have a way of expression of their own.

This lack of 'isomorphic relationship' between structures and semantic types (§4 of Chapter 4) leads to further questions. Among these are the status of some semantic types of clause linking as 'core' and others as 'marginal'; the existence of any additional semantic subtypes; potential polysemous patterns in clause linking; and the ways in which categories of the Focal and the Supporting clause can help disambiguate these. This chapter aims at drawing together some of these issues which arise from discussion within the volume.

Item ID: 9157
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: languages; cultures; contact
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ISBN: 978-0-19-956722-5
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 01:35
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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