[Lingtyp] Additional functions of connectives
Jesus Francisco Olguin Martinez
olguinmartinez at ucsb.edu
Sat Mar 13 18:39:40 UTC 2021
As you know, adverbial clause-linking devices (e.g. ‘when’, ‘after’,
‘until’) are primarily used to establish a semantic relation between two or
more situations. However, adverbial clause-linking devices may bear
additional functions beside the specific relation they encode (e.g. they
may function as switch-reference markers, information structure markers,
etc.). To the best of my knowledge, Mauri & Giacalone Ramat (2015) and
Mauri (2016) have explored the range of additional functions of devices
expressing ‘or’. However, the additional functions of adverbial
clause-linking devices are unexplored territory. In the languages of my
sample, I have noticed that temporal adverbial clause-linking devices may
bear additional functions beside the specific relation they encode. A case
in point comes from ‘and then’ devices. They may function as pause-fillers,
they may indicate same-subject and different-subject, they may indicate a
change of scene, they may express whether a situation is expected or
unexpected, and they may express different amounts of time between
situations, among others.
I was wondering if you are aware of any research that has explored the
additional function of temporal adverbial clause-linking devices. I was
also wondering if you are aware of any languages in which devices
expressing *when*-relations, *while*-relations, *before*-relations,
and *until*-relations have developed additional functions beside the
specific relation they encode.
Thank you very much in advance.
Jesús Olguín Martínez
Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Linguistics
*University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)*
Mauri, Caterina. 2016. Connectives beyond connecting: converging evidence
in the analysis of disjunction. Paper presented at the 2nd Usage-Based
Linguistics Conference, Tel Aviv University .
Mauri, Caterina & Anna Giacalone Ramat. 2015. Piuttosto che: dalla
preferenza all’esemplificazione di alternative. *Cuadernos de Filología
Italiana* 20: 49-72.
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