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LINGUIST List 18.2184

Thu Jul 19 2007

Books: Syntax/Semantics/Pragmatics: Verstraete

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy: Verstraete


Message 1: Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy: Verstraete
Date: 18-Jul-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy: Verstraete
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Title: Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy
Subtitle: Interpersonal Grammar and the Analysis of Adverbial Clauses in English
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 55
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110199505-1&l=E

Author: Jean-Christophe Verstraete
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110199505 Pages: 322 Price: Europe EURO 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110199505 Pages: 322 Price: U.S. $ 118.80 Comment: for USA, Canada & Mexico
Abstract:

This study argues that the domain traditionally covered by 'coordination'
and 'subordination' in English can be subdivided into four distinct
construction types. The constructions are defined on the basis of
differences in their 'interpersonal' structure, i.e. the grammatical
encoding of speaker-attitude and speaker-interlocutor interaction. It is
shown that the four types constitute syntactically, semantically and
pragmatically coherent categories, with differences in interpersonal
structure defining and motivating distinct syntactic behaviour, distinct
pragmatic functions and distinct semantic classes of clause linkage.

The validity of the analysis is demonstrated in three ways. First, it is
shown that the analysis can make sense of the wide range of apparently
conflicting criteria found in the literature on complex sentences, which
can now be explained as reflections of four different construction types
rather than as alternative perspectives on one single contrast between
coordination and subordination. Second, it is shown how the analysis can
deal with two specific problems in the more general area of clause
combining, viz. the syntactic basis of the distinction between 'content',
'epistemic' and 'speech act' levels of clause linkage, and the distinct
discursive functions associated with initial and final position of
adverbial clauses. Finally, it is also shown that the proposed analysis is
useful beyond the analysis of English, with parallels in a number of
cross-linguistically recurrent phenomena of clause linkage. The book is
mainly of interest to linguistics researchers in the areas of syntax,
semantics and pragmatics as well as to graduate students with a focus on
these fields.

Of interest to: Researchers and Graduate Students with a Special Interest
in the Fields of Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and in the Study of English

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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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