Purpose Clauses: Syntax, Thematics, and Semantics of English Purpose Constructions

Purpose Clauses: Syntax, Thematics, and Semantics of English Purpose Constructions

by Judith K Jones
     
 

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The purpose clause is a common kind of adverbial modifier in English. In this book, the standard unbounded-dependency theory of constructions like purpose clauses, outlined within Noam Chomsky's Government and Binding theory (GB), is contrasted with an alternative theoretical characterization of them, worked out within Edwin Williams GB-related theory of thematic…  See more details below

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The purpose clause is a common kind of adverbial modifier in English. In this book, the standard unbounded-dependency theory of constructions like purpose clauses, outlined within Noam Chomsky's Government and Binding theory (GB), is contrasted with an alternative theoretical characterization of them, worked out within Edwin Williams GB-related theory of thematic roles and argument structure. The central proposal of the alternative theory is that purpose clauses are essentially nonclausal in contrast to the standard fully-clausal analysis.

The abundant special properties of purpose clauses, extensively presented and described here, sharply illuminate many of the fundamental assumptions, and limitations of several GB-sub-theories. Among the topics considered are the argument adjunct distinction, the generality of syntactic movement, locality restrictions on filler-gap dependencies, tough-movement, the semantic content of thematic roles, and the quantificational nature and semantics of Control.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401055376
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series, #47
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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