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Title: Conditionals: A Comprehensive Empirical Analysis
Written By: Renaat Declerck
Susan Reed
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 37
Description:

This book is a very detailed and comprehensive examination of conditional sentences in English. Unlike previous literature on the subject, it does not confine itself to one or two aspects of conditionals, but attempts to give an all-round linguistic view of the topic. The more traditional areas of tense and mood possibilities in conditionals and the types of possible world to which a conditional may refer are closely examined, with new evidence showing that the usual bi- or tripartite schema in this area needs both clarification and elaboration. The authors provide a fine-grained classification of conditionals and a rich analysis of their function(s) in discourse, which will be of interest both in its own right and as part of the complete picture of conditionals given here. Separate chapters on the question of 'necessary and/or sufficient conditions' and the syntax of conditionals retain an emphasis on the relation of semantics and syntax to discourse, providing original analyses of these topics. A range of corpora is exploited to provide a wealth of empirical data which both illustrate and shape theoretical discussion. The authors do not espouse any particular linguistic framework, but provide analyses which blend pragmatics, descriptive syntax and semantics. An extensive glossary gives details both of the specific meanings attributed here to traditional linguistic terms and new terms which are introduced by the authors in their analysis of the many features of conditional sentences which are here described for the first time.

FROM THE CONTENTS

1 Introduction

2 Conditional connecting devices

3 Some preliminary terminology

4 The possible-world typology of conditionals

5 The use of tenses in possible-world conditionals

6 Modalized case-specifying conditionals

7 The three canonical tense patterns

8 The relation between the theoretical world and the actual world

9 A typology of case-specifying P-clauses

10 Rhetorical conditionals

11 Syntactically marked conditional structures

12 Sufficient and/or necessary conditions

13 Uses and interpretations of unless

14 The meanings and uses of even if

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Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110171449
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 534
Prices: Euro 98.00 / sFr 157,- / approx. US$ 98.