Clausal Subordination in Bangla: A Cross-Modular Approach

Author: 
Bagchi, Tista
Year: 
1993

     This study examines the multi-faceted phenomenon of clausal subordination in Bangla (a.k.a. Bengali), an Indian language spoken in eastern South Asia, i.e., in the country of Bangladesh and in the states of West Bengal and Tripura in India. . . . This study focuses on the subordinate clause types of Bangla that are more or less unequivocally cases of clausal subordination in the syntactic and/or semantic representations. The specific clause types I . . . consider here are the following: the perfective participial adjunct, the imperfective participial adjunct, the imperfective participial complement, the conditional participial adjunct (non-finite protases), nominal clauses headed by verbal nouns, and finite complement clauses." The introduction presents "a sketch of the possible diachronic antecedents of the subordinate clause types." The bulk of this study is "devoted to examining the behavior of these different clause types in terms of their cross-modular representations. The concluding chapter deals primarily with partially resolved and unresolved issues pertaining to the main subject of this study, in particular the role of discourse functions -- and the module to which they belong, viz., the discourse-functional model -- not only in regard to topic-comment and focus-matrix structure in relation to subordinate clauses of the different types but also in regard to the interpretation of discourse anaphora.

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