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Title:Expressing adverbial relations in clause linkage with converbs: definitional and typological considerations
Author(s):Ross, Daniel
Adverbial clauses
Abstract:Converbs are often defined as adverbial verb forms (e.g. Haspelmath 1995) and are a primary means of encoding adverbial relations in clause linkage in many languages around the world. However, before making progress in understanding this relationship, several definitional issues must be addressed, and typological variation must be considered. The topics in this talk are informed by a growing typologically-balanced sample of over 325 languages, based on the methodology of the World Atlas of Language Structures (Haspelmath et al. 2005). Despite much discussion, no representative cross-linguistic survey of converbs has been published, and different claims in the literature are often informed/biased by the data provided by the language or region in question. This research is an attempt to rectify that by introducing topics that must be considered before any general conclusions about converbs can be drawn, in order to build a foundation of typological variation from which adverbial clause linkage can be studied.
Issue Date:2016-08-20
Citation Info:Ross, Daniel. 2016. Expressing adverbial relations in clause linkage with converbs: definitional and typological considerations. Presented at the workshop on Adverbial relations and clause linkages at Syntax of the World’s Languages VII, Mexico City, August 20th, 2016.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright © Daniel Ross 2016
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-10-04

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