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Title: A Typology of Purpose Clauses
Written By: Karsten Schmidtke-Bode
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 88

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

An appendix to A Typology of Purpose Clauses can be
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Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288981
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206695
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