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Fri Nov 13 2009

Books: Syntax/Typology: Schmidtke-Bode

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, A Typology of Purpose Clauses: Schmidtke-Bode

Message 1: A Typology of Purpose Clauses: Schmidtke-Bode
Date: 13-Nov-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: A Typology of Purpose Clauses: Schmidtke-Bode
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Title: A Typology of Purpose Clauses
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 88
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2088

Author: Karsten Schmidtke-Bode
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288981 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288981 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206695 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206695 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This 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.

An appendix to A Typology of Purpose Clauses can be
found on the author's website: http://www.karsten-schmidtke.net/purpose

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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