Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. International Journal of Linguistics vol:42 issue:1 pages:101-116
SLE (Societas Linguistica Europaea) edition:42 location:Lisbon date:9-12 September 2009
In this article, we investigate the development of complex subordinators from noun complement clauses in English, basing ourselves on the analysis of synchronic data from the COBUILD corpus. We first present a breadth study of complex subordinators originating in “in + NP+ that/of-clause”-syntagms and show how these align themselves with oppositions within the causal, temporal and comparative subordinator paradigms. We then offer an in-depth study of the cluster of strings “in (the) hope(s) that/of”, arguing that the subordinators they yield enter as marked members into the subparadigm of purposive conjunctions, which they semantically enrich through lexical
and structural persistence.