By Katja Hetterle

This learn investigates adverbial clauses from a cross-linguistic viewpoint. in keeping with different contemporary typological study within the context of advanced sentences and clause-linkage, it proceeds from a close, multivariate research of the morphosyntactic features of the phenomenon less than scrutiny.

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Functional explanations traditionally refer mainly to economical, iconical, and discourse-related coding preferences. However, the range of explanations that are evoked here is wider, also encompassing cognitive aspects, issues in language processing, and language diachrony, although the relevance of some of these motivations in the present context is much smaller than that of others or will only be briefly mentioned rather than thoroughly discussed. , Evans & Levinson 2009, Dunn et al. , Bornkessel-Schlesewsky & Schlesewsky 2009) will not be addressed in the present study.

The number hierarchy thus describes the constraints to the possible structural variation in the context of number coding, ruling out languages whose number marking does not correspond to the specific ranking in (7). , Haspelmath 2003, Croft 2003: Ch. 5). Across languages, linguistic forms are often used to express more than one conceptual situation, that is, to be used in semantically related contexts. A semantic map describes the range of conceptual situations that a particular linguistic form can express, as in the oftcited semantic map on indefinite pronouns proposed by Haspelmath (1997: 4): Fig.

Organizational support was provided by Simone Bahlmann-Schulze, and Julia McMillan and Erica Haas helped me with the intricacies of the English language. I would also like to thank Julie Miess and Nancy Christ from De Gruyter for their patient assistance and help. Furthermore, I would like to thank the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes for financial and moral support. Specifically, I am indebted to Dr. Pascal Pilgram and Dr. Peter Antes for leading me through the organizational labyrinth and to my liaison professor Prof.

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