The Semantics of Clause Linking: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Paperback | February 13, 2011

EditorR. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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This book is a cross-linguistic examination of the different grammatical means languages employ to represent a general set of semantic relations between clauses. The investigations focus on ways of combining clauses other than through relative and complement clause constructions. These span anumber of types of semantic linking. Three, for example, describe varieties of consequence - cause, result, and purpose - which may be illustrated in English by, respectively: Because John has been studying German for years, he speaks it well; John has been studying German for years, thus he speaksit well; and John has been studying German for years, in order that he should speak it well. Syntactic descriptions of languages provide a grammatical analysis of clause types. The chapters in this book add the further dimension of semantics, generally in the form of focal and supporting clauses, the former referring to the central activity or state of the biclausal linking; and the latter to the clause attached to it. The supporting clause may set out the temporal milieufor the focal clause or specify a condition or presupposition for it or a preliminary statement of it, as in Although John has been studying German for years (the supporting clause), he does not speak it well (the focal clause). Professor Dixon's extensive opening discussion is followed by fourteencase studies of languages ranging from Korean and Kham to Iquito and Ojibwe. The book's concluding synthesis is provided by Professor Aikhenvald.

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This book is a cross-linguistic examination of the different grammatical means languages employ to represent a general set of semantic relations between clauses. The investigations focus on ways of combining clauses other than through relative and complement clause constructions. These span anumber of types of semantic linking. Three, ...

R. M. W. Dixon is Adjunct Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. His pioneering fieldwork on Australian Aboriginal languages began in the 1960s and led, among many other works, to grammars of Dyirbal and Yidin, culminating in Australian Languages: Their nature and development (CUP 2002). His other books include A Gr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:February 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. R. M. W. Dixon: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Typological Perspective2. Guy Deutscher: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Akkadian3. Mark Post: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Galo4. David E. Watters: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Kham5. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Manambu6. Lev Michael: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Iquito7. Simon Overall: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Aguaruna8. J. Randolph Valentine: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Ojibwe9. R. M. W. Dixon: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Boumaa Fijian10. Frantisek Lichtenberk: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Toqabaqita11. Alan Dench: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Martuthunira12. Ho-min Sohn: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Korean13. Birgit Hellwig: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Goemai14. Maarten Mous and Ongaye Oda: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Konso15. Tonya N. Stebbins: The Semantics of Clause Linking in Mali16. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Semantics and Grammar in Clause LinkingAuthor IndexLanguage IndexSubject Index