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Temporal and co-varying clause combining in Austronesian languages: Semantics, morpho-syntax and distributional patterns
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates combined clause constructions for ten distinct semantic relations in a cross-section of Austronesian languages. The relations are of a temporal or co-varying nature, the former commonly expressed in English by such markers as when, then, until, etc. and the latter by if, so, because, etc. The research falls into three main sections.

First, the study provides an overview of the semantic domain covered by the relevant relations in the Austronesian languages. Several subdistinctions are found to be made within the relations investigated. The study also explores polysemic relation markers, and a number of patterns are identified. The most common pattern is the overlap between open conditional and non-past co-occurrence relations, for which many Austronesian languages employ the same relation marker.

Second, the study develops a morpho-syntactic typology of Austronesian clause combining based on three parameters related to features common to clause combining constructions. The typology divides the constructions into five different types that are ranked with regard to structural tightness. Some additional constructions, cutting across several types, are also discussed; in particular, asymmetric coordination, which involves the use of a coordinator to connect a fronted topicalized adverbial clause to the rest of the sentence.

Finally, the study explores the distributional patterns of the morpho-syntactic types across the semantic relations, as well as across three geographical areas in the Austronesian region. In the former case, a clear correlation is found between posteriority and result relations on the one hand and looser structural types on the other. The distribution of types across the Austronesian region reveals few differences between the areas, although two tendencies could be detected: the Oceanic languages tend to employ slightly looser morpho-syntax, while the Formosan and Philippine languages employ slightly tighter morpho-syntax.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University , 2012. , 275 p.
Keyword [en]
Austronesian, clause combining, clause linkage, interclausal relations
Keyword [sv]
Austronesiska, satsrelationer
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74794ISBN: 978-91-7447-488-6OAI: diva2:511979
Public defence
2012-05-11, hörsal 7, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-04-19 Created: 2012-03-25 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved

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