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Subordination and coordination in syntax, semantics and discourse. Evidence from the study of connectives

  • This article discusses the question whether the distinction between subordination and coordination is parallel in syntax and discourse. Its main thesis is that subordination and coordination, as they are commonly understood in the linguistic literature, are genuinely syntactic concepts. The distinction between hierarchical and non-hierarchical connection in discourse structure, as far as it is defined clearly in the literature, is of a quite different nature. The syntax and semantics of connectives (as the most prominent morphosyntactic means by which subordination and coordination are encoded) offers little evidence to support the assumption of a structural parallelism between syntax and discourse. As a methodological consequence, sentence and discourse structure should not be mixed up in linguistic analysis.

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Author:Hardarik Blühdorn
Parent Title (English):‘Subordination’ versus ‘Coordination’ in Sentence and Text. A cross-linguistic perspective
Series (Serial Number):Studies in Language Companion Series (98)
Place of publication:Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Editor:Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, Wiebke Ramm
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2008
Date of Publication (online):2017/03/23
Tag:Subordination <Linguistik>
adposition; adverbial connective; coherence; conjunction; relation
GND Keyword:Adposition; Konjunktion; Koordination <Linguistik>; Textkohärenz
First Page:59
Last Page:85
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.
Due to copyright reasons the full-text of the article is not freely accessible.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG