This study argues that the domain traditionally covered by 'coordination' and 'subordination' in English can be subdivided into four distinct construction types. The constructions are defined on the basis of differences in their 'interpersonal' structure, i.e. the grammatical encoding of speaker-attitude and speaker-interlocutor interaction. It is shown that the four types constitute syntactically, semantically and pragmatically coherent categories, with differences in interpersonal structure defining and motivating distinct syntactic behaviour, distinct pragmatic functions and distinct semantic classes of clause linkage.
The validity of the analysis is demonstrated in three ways. First, it is shown that the analysis can make sense of the wide range of apparently conflicting criteria found in the literature on complex sentences, which can now be explained as reflections of four different construction types rather than as alternative perspectives on one single contrast between coordination and subordination. Second, it is shown how the analysis can deal with two specific problems in the more general area of clause combining, viz. the syntactic basis of the distinction between 'content', 'epistemic' and 'speech act' levels of clause linkage, and the distinct discursive functions associated with initial and final position of adverbial clauses. Finally, it is also shown that the proposed analysis is useful beyond the analysis of English, with parallels in a number of cross-linguistically recurrent phenomena of clause linkage.
The book is mainly of interest to linguistics researchers in the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics as well as to graduate students with a focus on these fields.
Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Leuven University, Belgium.
Band 50Ditransitives in British English Dialects
Band 51Social Networks and Historical Sociolinguistics
Band 52Methods in Historical Pragmatics
Band 53Studies in the History of the English Language III
Band 54Phraseology and Culture in English
Band 55Rethinking the Coordinate-Subordinate Dichotomy
Band 56The Semantic Field of Modal Certainty
Band 57Constructional Approaches to English Grammar
Band 58Modality in English
Band 59Grammars, Grammarians and Grammar-Writing in Eighteenth-Century England
Band 60The Grammar of the English Tense System
Band 61Studies in the History of the English Language IV