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LINGUIST List 20.443

Wed Feb 11 2009

Books: Syntax/Pragmatics/Historical Ling: Brinton

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Comment Clause in English: Brinton


Message 1: The Comment Clause in English: Brinton
Date: 11-Feb-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Comment Clause in English: Brinton
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Title: The Comment Clause in English
Subtitle: Syntactic Origins and Pragmatic Development
Published: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Laurel J. Brinton
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521886734 Pages: 298 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

Although English comment clauses such as 'I think' and 'you know' have been
widely studied, this book constitutes the first full-length diachronic
treatment, focusing on comment clauses formed with common verbs of
perception and cognition in a variety of syntactic forms. It understands
comment clauses as causal pragmatic markers that undergo
grammaticalisation, and acquire pragmatic and politeness functions and
subjective and intersubjective meanings. To date, the prevailing view of
their syntactic development, which is extrapolated from synchronic studies,
is that they originate in matrix clauses which become syntactically
indeterminate and are reanalysed as parenthetical. In this corpus-based
study, Laurel J. Brinton shows that the historical data do not bear out
this view, and proposes a more varied and complex conception of the
development of comment clauses. Researchers and students of the English
language and historical linguistics will certainly consider Brinton's
findings to be of great interest.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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