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Connective Constructions in the World's Languages: A Functionalist Approach

Abstract : Based on a study of 60 languages, by developing the works of Clairis et al., we elaborate a typology of the syntactic structures (connective constructions) that allow a communicational need: the attribution of a quality, membership or identification. We define connective constructions by the disjunction of the syntactic nucleus and the semantic nucleus that distinguishes them from the nuclear constructions. Syntactically, the connective constructions may take the form of a direct connection between a qualified and a qualifier, of a connection via a non verbal connector, or via a verb. More than one of these strategies can be used within each language. Based on the possible combinations of the connective strategies we have identified five types of languages.
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Evangelia Adamou, Denis Costaouec. Connective Constructions in the World's Languages: A Functionalist Approach. La linguistique : revue internationale de linguistique générale, Société internationale de linguistique fonctionnelle / Presses Universitaires de France, 2010, 46 (1), pp.43-80. ⟨10.3917/ling.461.0043⟩. ⟨halshs-00464169⟩



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