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Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy: Interpersonal Grammar and the Analysis of Adverbial Clauses in English

Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy: Interpersonal Grammar and the Analysis of Adverbial Clauses in English

by Jean-Christophe Verstraete


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ISBN-13: 9783110199505
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/18/2007
Series: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] Series , #55
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Leuven University, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     v
Abbreviations     xii
Tables     xiv
Figures     xvi
Introduction     1
Parameters of interpersonal grammar in the simple clause
Introduction to Part 1     7
Modality: Construing a position     13
Introduction     13
Modal verbs as an interpersonal phenomenon     13
Moods and modal verbs     15
Modal verbs: subjective versus objective     16
Two problem areas     17
Delineation of the categories     17
Criteria     21
A semiotic account of the criteria     22
Conditional constructions     22
Interrogation     26
Conclusion     28
Back to the problem of delineation     29
Subjective deontic modality?     32
Objective epistemic modality?     36
Summary     38
Moods     38
Introduction     38
Moods and subjective modality     40
The functional correlation     40
Further justification: the category of tense     42
Two definitions of the imperative-indicative contrast     46
Moods as unmarkedoptions?     47
Moods and objective modality     52
Objective deontic modality and the moods     53
Objective modality and indicative mood     55
Summary     57
Speech function: Assigning responsibility     59
Introduction     59
Declarative and interrogative     60
Alternative assignments of responsibility     60
The role of modality in interrogative structures     62
Marked and unmarked modal values in polar interrogatives     62
Marked and unmarked modal values in wh-interrogatives     64
Conclusion     66
The position of the imperative     66
Modality and speech function in relation to illocutionary force     69
Interpersonal grammar as a prerequisite for illocutionary force     70
Interpersonal grammar and types of illocutionary force     72
Interpersonal grammar and patterns of interaction     72
Interpersonal grammar and indirect speech acts     75
Conclusion     77
Conclusion     77
Focus and scope: Delineating a domain     79
Introduction     79
The scope of interpersonal elements     80
Focus-presupposition structure      80
The scope of interpersonal elements     83
Conclusion     88
Scope and clausehood     88
Extra-clausal status and scope     88
Arguments versus adjuncts     92
Conclusion     94
Interpersonal grammar and clause combining
Introduction to Part 2     97
Parameters of interpersonal grammar and the analysis of clause combining     103
Introduction     103
Relation to previous analyses     103
Initial delineation of the domain     104
Speech function and clause combining     106
Relevance to clause combining     107
Categories defined by the values of the parameter     109
Modality and clause combining     112
Relevance to clause combining     113
Categories defined by the values of the parameter     114
Scope and clause combining     117
Relevance to clause combining     118
Categories defined by the values of the parameter     120
Summary     124
Combining the parameters: A typology     127
Relations between the parameters     127
Modality and speech function     127
Scope and the other two parameters      129
Summary     132
A typology of four construction types     132
Why this typology?     134
Motivating the typology: Function     137
Introduction     137
General interpersonal profiles of the construction types     138
Functional generalizations in clause combining     141
Integration versus non-integration     143
Presupposition     145
Presupposition and modality     146
Condition and reason     147
Challengeability and foregrounding     150
Conclusion     151
Equality versus inequality     152
Terminology     156
Conclusion     157
Motivating the typology: Grammar     161
Introduction     161
Preposability     162
Preposing and the parameter of speech function     163
Preposing and the parameter of scope     165
Clefting and wh-questioning     167
Clefting and wh-questioning as focusing constructions     168
Comparison of the resulting categorizations     170
Intonational integration     172
Intonation and scope     174
Non-integrated intonation and degrees of subordination     175
'Main clause phenomena'     178
A comparative perspective: word order in the other Germanic languages     181
Word order and the parameter of speech function     182
Explaining the marking by word order     184
Conclusion     186
Motivating the typology: Semantics     187
Introduction     187
Conjunctions associated with more than one construction type     188
As and since     189
When and while     193
Because     197
So that     200
Conclusion     203
The general semantic profile of the construction types     204
The primary distinction     205
Narrative uses as a principled exception     207
The other distinctions in the typology     208
Secondary parameters: further semantic differentiation     210
Coordinaton: argumentative and non-argumentative subcategories     211
Free/bound subordination: temporal and non-temporal subcategories     215
Conclusion     218
Applications and implications
Introduction to Part 3     223
Speaker-related versus SoA-related interpretations     227
Introduction      227
Explaining syntactic behaviour     229
Speaker-related interpretation and bound subordination     231
Explaining the criteria     233
The subdivision of the speaker-related category     236
Modality and speech function     237
The status of structures with non-declarative main clauses     240
Conclusion     242
Initial and final position     245
Introduction     245
Interpersonal properties of initial secondary clauses     246
Speech function     247
Scope     248
Conclusion     250
The relevance of [+/- Scope]     251
The parameter of scope     251
Relation to initial and final position     253
The relevance of [+/- Speech Function]     254
The parameter of speech function     254
Relation to initial and final position     256
Conclusion     258
Typological outlook     261
Introduction     261
Moods in the verb phrase     262
Non-indicative moods and absence of illocutionary force     263
Moods as markers?     267
Integration phenomena     269
Russian converbs: intonation marking for scope distinctions     270
Types of subordination in Belhare: lexical marking for scope distinctions     272
The status of deranked verb forms     275
Subordinate deranking constructions     276
Coordinate deranking constructions     277
Conclusion     279
Conclusion     280
Conclusion     281
Notes     293
References     301
Subject index     315
Author index     319

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