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By R. M. W. Dixon,Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

This booklet is a cross-linguistic exam of the several grammatical ability languages hire to symbolize a basic set of semantic relatives among clauses. The investigations specialise in methods of mixing clauses except via relative and supplement clause structures. those span a couple of different types of semantic linking. 3, for instance, describe types of outcome - reason, outcome, and objective - that could be illustrated in English through, respectively:
Because John has been learning German for years, he speaks it good; John has been learning German for years, hence he speaks it good; and John has been learning German for years, so that he may still converse it good. Syntactic descriptions of languages supply a grammatical research of clause types.
The chapters during this publication upload the extra measurement of semantics, usually within the kind of focal and aiding clauses, the previous touching on the valuable task or nation of the biclausal linking; and the latter to the clause connected to it. The assisting clause may possibly set out the temporal milieu for the focal clause or specify a situation or presupposition for it or a initial assertion of it, as in even though John has been learning German for years (the helping clause), he
does now not converse it good (the focal clause). Professor Dixon's wide commencing dialogue is by way of fourteen case experiences of languages starting from Korean and Kham to Iquito and Ojibwe. The book's concluding synthesis is equipped by means of Professor Aikhenvald.

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