Title: A typology of complement insubordination in Dutch
Authors: Verstraete, Jean-Christophe ×
D'Hertefelt, Sarah
Van linden, An #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: J. Benjamins
Series Title: Studies in Language vol:36 issue:1 pages:123-153
Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of complement insubordination in Dutch, i.e structures that are formally marked as subordinate complement clauses but conventionally used as main clauses. We develop a typology of seven distinct construction types (in three semantic domains), none of which have been analysed in detail before. From a more general perspective, we show that insubordinate constructions provide a fresh perspective on the analysis of modality and evaluation, with semantic parameters that are not found in more typical exponents like modal verbs. In addition, we show that it is difficult to develop a schematic generalization over the different construction types, in spite of their apparent formal similarity as complement structures. We argue that this points to separate developmental trajectories for the different types, with a point of origin in different main-subordinate constructions, and different degrees of conventionalization for the resulting insubordinate constructions.
ISSN: 0378-4177
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology (FunC), Leuven
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