Adverbial Subordination: A Typology and History of Adverbial by Bernd Kortmann

By Bernd Kortmann

The sequence is a platform for contributions of every kind to this quickly constructing box. common difficulties are studied from the viewpoint of person languages, language households, language teams, or language samples. Conclusions are the results of a deepened research of empirical information. particular emphasis is given to little-known languages, whose research could shed new mild on long-standing difficulties more often than not linguistics.

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However, it will also address the question to what extent modern syntactic theory has been successful in advancing the theory of grammatical categories compared with traditional accounts. 1. Functional typology The functional-typological approach to the study of language is of course inextricably linked to the name of Joseph H. Greenberg and his 1960 article on implicational universals in morphology and word order (Greenberg 1966). Younger scholars and landmarks in publication associated with this approach include Joan Bybee (1985), Bernard Comrie (1989 2 ), William Foley and Robert Van 2.

If one follows Haegeman (1985: 20), no final decision has as yet been made on the two positions of the early 1970s, i. e. whether adverbial subordinators are to be categorized as prepositions (along with adverbial particles) or as complementizers (along with that, whether, i f , and possibly relative pronouns, too). Meanwhile, however, one can say for certain that the latter is no more than a minority position. 5 For example, adverbial subordinators clearly differ from complementizers in that only the former (like prepositions proper) assign a theta-role to their complements, whereas the complements of complementizers receive their theta-role from the governing predicate (cf.

One may ask why the seemingly dominant paradigm in late 20th century linguistics has neither been taken as the dominant framework of this study nor even served as one source of inspiration among others. The answer can be given very briefly. This is primarily a study of the morphology and semantics of adverbial subordinators; considerations of syntax play a minor role, especially in the empirical parts of this study. Their syntactic properties, however, constitute 24 Part One Background the only point of interest that generativists have ever developed in adverbial subordinators.

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