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Sun Oct 08 2006

Books: Syntax: Leuschner

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Hypotaxis as Building-Site: Leuschner


Message 1: Hypotaxis as Building-Site: Leuschner
Date: 06-Oct-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Hypotaxis as Building-Site: Leuschner


Title: Hypotaxis as Building-Site
Subtitle: The Emergence and Grammaticalization of Concessive Conditionals in English, German and Dutch
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 24
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.at

Author: Torsten Leuschner, Ghent University
Paperback: ISBN: 389586353X Pages: 191 Price: Europe EURO 62.00
Abstract:

This is the first book-length study of concessive conditionals, a type of
adverbial clause that shows an unusual breadth of variation in Germanic and
is therefore characterized as a "building-site" of grammaticalization.
Entirely based on corpus data, it offers a detailed description of
concessive conditionals and their subtypes in English, German and Dutch
from the point of view of form-function relations and the discourse-syntax
interface.

The discourse conditions under which their more or less strongly
grammaticalized formal varieties are used in discourse are pinpointed, and
a clear distinction is drawn between the synchronic and diachronic
emergence of concessive conditionals. Contrary to traditional assumptions
in grammaticalization methodology, present-day variation patterns of
concessive conditionals do not necessarily reflect their actual paths of
historical development. Rather than evolve steadily towards ever increasing
grammaticalization, concessive conditionals have been hovering on the edge
of syntax in the languages in question and are likely to continue to do so
for the foreseeable future.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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