Title: Initial and final position for adverbial clauses in English: the constructional basis of the discursive and syntactic differences
Authors: Verstraete, Jean-Christophe # ×
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Mouton
Series Title: Linguistics vol:42 issue:4 pages:819-853
Abstract: This study argues that adverbial clauses in initial position constitute a distinct construction type within the domain of clause combining in English, and that their specific constructional features can help to explain the often observed correlation between initial position, discourse-organizing function and subordination. Specifically, it is argued that initial adverbial clauses can be characterized in terms of two constructional parameters, one relating to the internal structure of the adverbial clause, and another relating to its status with respect to the main clause. It is shown that these features can explain why initial position typically goes hand in hand with discourse-organizing function and why it can be used as a criterion for subordinate status. In addition, it is also shown that this approach can provide descriptive corrections to a number of traditional views, such as the assumed general correlation between final position and local function, and the apparently conflicting definitions of subordination in terms of relative prominence and integration.
ISSN: 0024-3949
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology (FunC), Leuven
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