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Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Purpose Clauses

Syntax, Thematics, and Semantics of English Purpose Constructions

Authors: Jones, Judith K

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The purpose clause is a common fonn of adverbial modification in English. The bracketed phrases below are purpose clauses, and they look and sound unremarkable. We hear and see these things all the time. John came [to play with the children] [to play with] I brought John along Insofar as purpose clauses appear to be adverbial, they frequently occupy a relatively low place on the scale of important things for syntactic theory to address itself to. In this book I assume the theoretical framework that has come to be known as 'Government-Binding' theory (GB), initiated in Chomsky (1981). The general fonn of the analyis of purpose clauses in GB dates roughly from Chomsky (1977). where several kinds of constructions akin to purpose clauses are identified. Within GB. this analysis is so widely accepted that it deserves to be considered the standard theory. This book, then. is about a few syntactically peripheral ell~ments that have enjoyed a relatively long-lived. virtually universally accepted. theoretical treatment What is perhaps an obvious question arises in this context. Why write a GB book about purpose clauses? This book. I hope, will supply an interesting answer. Simply put. purpose clause:;, and related constructions, have various properties that are not accounted for in the standard theory. In this book I propose an alternative analysis of purpose clauses, an analysis from which. I think. more of their properties follow more naturally.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Purpose Clauses
Book Subtitle
Syntax, Thematics, and Semantics of English Purpose Constructions
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
47
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-3478-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-3478-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1400-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5537-6
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 263
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