Adverbial Clauses in Cross-Linguistic Perspective by Katja Hetterle

By Katja Hetterle

This research investigates adverbial clauses from a cross-linguistic standpoint. in keeping with different fresh typological study within the context of complicated sentences and clause-linkage, it proceeds from a close, multivariate research of the morphosyntactic features of the phenomenon lower than scrutiny.

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13), refers to the fact that the conceptual independence or integration of clauses is iconically reflected in their morphosyntactic independence or integration, respectively. ” Thus, iconicity of independence predicts that those subordinate clauses whose meaning is tightly integrated in the main clause are structurally bound to or tightly fused with their associated main clause, while this is not the case in subordinate clauses in which the semantic relation to the main clause is weaker (Cristofaro 2003: 252, also Foley & van Valin 1984: 271).

Cristofaro 2003). Based on the assumption of gradience between subordination and coordination (cf. Lehmann 1988), it will be shown that adverbial clauses may exhibit different degrees of clausal downgrading, and by means of the empirical data, a Downgrading Hierarchy of Adverbial Relations on will be established. Third, the focus is on patterns of multi-functionality of the adverbial clause linkers, specifically on the semantic overlaps that are attested between the individual adverbial relations (cf.

In particular, I thank Karsten Schmidtke-Bode, who has been great company since the beginning of my academic career. Karsten and I spent countless days discussing subordinate clauses in the languages of the world, and I am enormously grateful for his ever-open ears and professional advice, for his comments and suggestions, and for the last-minute proof-readings of parts of the dissertation, all of which have been invaluable to me. Special thanks also goes to Martin Schäfer for his patient and witty proof-reading of one of the longer chapters, as well as a number of experts in statistics with whom I discussed various statistical challenges: Daniel Wiechmann, Jens Schumacher, Wolfhard Kaus, and Gerald Lackner.

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