By Bernd Kortmann

ISBN-10: 3110151146

ISBN-13: 9783110151145

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In the domain of adverbial connectives this might be illustrated by such semantic developments as "Simultaneity (or: concomitance) > Concession", "Anteriority > Cause" or "Posteriority > Preference", which are observable in a wide range of languages, especially languages from Europe. Relevant examples from English include while, since, and before or rather than respectively (cf. Traugott—König 1991 as well as several other publications by Traugott and/or König). Moreover, many of these semantic changes can justly be viewed as the outcome of pragmatic inferencing, which in these cases has become conventionalized, but which for many connectives still is no more than a richer (or more informative), nonetheless highly context-bound and optional reading in language synchrony.

Scope and aims 7 atic analysis of the development of the English inventory of adverbial subordinators from Old English times onwards, this study is after all capable of identifying several significant tendencies, and of making new claims or providing empirical evidence for previous claims concerning the historical development of adverbial subordinators and, more importantly, whole conjunctive systems over time. Similarly to what has been said concerning the typological part of this study, the emphasis of the historical account will be on the presentation and interpretation of the "facts" as they emerge from the project data, and not so much on the whys and hows.

In the domain of adverbial connectives this might be illustrated by such semantic developments as "Simultaneity (or: concomitance) > Concession", "Anteriority > Cause" or "Posteriority > Preference", which are observable in a wide range of languages, especially languages from Europe. Relevant examples from English include while, since, and before or rather than respectively (cf. Traugott—König 1991 as well as several other publications by Traugott and/or König). Moreover, many of these semantic changes can justly be viewed as the outcome of pragmatic inferencing, which in these cases has become conventionalized, but which for many connectives still is no more than a richer (or more informative), nonetheless highly context-bound and optional reading in language synchrony.

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