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Free Adjuncts & Absolutes in English: Problems of Control & Interpretation

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syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic phenomena that may influence the interpretation of these constructions, and, with respect to the way diverse interpretive behavior of free adjunct and absolutes is predictable, from higher functional and pragmatic principles. The conclusions found in this volume will be of great benefit to scholars working in the fields of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cognitive and text linguistics.

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Free Adjuncts and Absolutes in English presents a corpus-based syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic analysis of free adjuncts and absolutes in present-day English. The major function of these constructions is to serve as adverbial clauses, most frequently without any overt specification of which semantic relation they express in a given complex sentence.

The central problems of the use and interpretation of both free adjuncts and absolutes is the main focus of the book. These include the range and nature of their semantic indeterminacy, the factors that help resolve it, and, for free adjuncts, the identification of their underlying subject.

As many of the basic issues addressed in the book are not confined to English, its findings and hypotheses should also attract the attention of linguists interested in these relevant constructions in other languages. Free Adjuncts and Absolutes in English makes important and challenging claims with regard to the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic phenomena that may influence the interpretation of these constructions, and, with respect to the way diverse interpretive behavior of free adjunct and absolutes is predictable, from higher functional and pragmatic principles. The conclusions found in this volume will be of great benefit to scholars working in the fields of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cognitive and text linguistics.

Synopsis:

Free adjuncts and absolutes typically function as adverbial clauses which are not overtly specified for any particular adverbial relation. The book is a non-formal, corpus based study of their current use in English. Its particular focus is on a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of their semantic indeterminacy and the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic factors that help resolve it.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415063913
Author:
Kortmann, Bernd
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Kortmann Bernd
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Adverbials
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
English language -- Adverbials.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Series:
Communication and Society
Publication Date:
19911131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
5.51x8.50x.74 in. 1.09 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Grammar and Style
Reference » Grammar and Usage
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , Free Adjuncts and Absolutes in English presents a corpus-based syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic analysis of free adjuncts and absolutes in present-day English. The major function of these constructions is to serve as adverbial clauses, most frequently without any overt specification of which semantic relation they express in a given complex sentence.

The central problems of the use and interpretation of both free adjuncts and absolutes is the main focus of the book. These include the range and nature of their semantic indeterminacy, the factors that help resolve it, and, for free adjuncts, the identification of their underlying subject.

As many of the basic issues addressed in the book are not confined to English, its findings and hypotheses should also attract the attention of linguists interested in these relevant constructions in other languages. Free Adjuncts and Absolutes in English makes important and challenging claims with regard to the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic phenomena that may influence the interpretation of these constructions, and, with respect to the way diverse interpretive behavior of free adjunct and absolutes is predictable, from higher functional and pragmatic principles. The conclusions found in this volume will be of great benefit to scholars working in the fields of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cognitive and text linguistics.

"Synopsis" by , Free adjuncts and absolutes typically function as adverbial clauses which are not overtly specified for any particular adverbial relation. The book is a non-formal, corpus based study of their current use in English. Its particular focus is on a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of their semantic indeterminacy and the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic factors that help resolve it.
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