Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai

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Abstract

Korowai has two main types of bridging constructions, recapitulative linkage (also
known as “tail-head linkage”) and summary linkage with generic verbs of doing,
each with two subtypes that follow from the grammatical distinction between
chained and adverbial or thematic types of clause combining. Recapitulative linkage
with chained, switch reference marked clauses is by the far the most frequent
type of bridging construction. It has three functions. First, a processual function, to
give the speaker and addressee a processing pause in between two often lengthy
clause chains. Second, it creates chains of clause chains, so called chaining paragraphs.
The third function is to enable the speaker to continue referential tracking
in the transition from one clause chain to the next. Recapitulative linkage with thematic
subordinate clauses shares the processual function wih the chained type but
it signals discourse discontinuity: it disrupts the event and participant lines and the
speaker goes off the event line. Summary linkage allows speakers to be less specific
in the scope of their anaphoric linkage, not necessarily taking the final clause of
the previous sentence as their reference clause.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging constructions in typological perspective
EditorsValérie Guérin,
PublisherLanguage Science Press
Chapter7
Pages185
Number of pages206
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-96110-142-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN (Print)ISBN: 978-3-96110-141-2 (Digital)
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Diversity Linguistics
Volume24

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Keywords

  • typology
  • tail-head linkage

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de Vries, L. (2019). Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai. In V. Guérin, (Ed.), Bridging constructions in typological perspective (pp. 185). (Studies in Diversity Linguistics ; Vol. 24). Language Science Press.
de Vries, Lourens. / Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai. Bridging constructions in typological perspective. editor / Valérie Guérin,. Language Science Press, 2019. pp. 185 (Studies in Diversity Linguistics ).
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de Vries, L 2019, Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai. in V Guérin, (ed.), Bridging constructions in typological perspective. Studies in Diversity Linguistics , vol. 24, Language Science Press, pp. 185.

Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai. / de Vries, Lourens.

Bridging constructions in typological perspective. ed. / Valérie Guérin,. Language Science Press, 2019. p. 185 (Studies in Diversity Linguistics ; Vol. 24).

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de Vries L. Online and offline bridging constructions in Korowai. In Guérin, V, editor, Bridging constructions in typological perspective. Language Science Press. 2019. p. 185. (Studies in Diversity Linguistics ).