Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34228

Still Needed:

$40772

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   

Title: A Typology of Purpose Clauses
Written By: Karsten Schmidtke-Bode
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2088
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 88
Description:

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

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Typology
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288981
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206695
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00