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LINGUIST List 20.4454

Mon Dec 21 2009

Qs: Semantics of Rationale Clauses

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        1.    John McGuire, Semantics of Rationale Clauses

Message 1: Semantics of Rationale Clauses
Date: 19-Dec-2009
From: John McGuire <squiremcguiregmail.com>
Subject: Semantics of Rationale Clauses
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My questions concern the semantics of rationale (in-order-to) clauses.
Consider the following two sentence-forms:

(1) A X-ed in order to Y
(2) A X-ed as a means of Y-ing.

I wonder whether there are any circumstances in which a sentence of form
(1) is true while the corresponding sentence of form (2) is false. Is there
any reason to expect that there could be such cases? Alternatively, is
there any published research on the semantics of rationale clauses that
would help to answer this question?

jm

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

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