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Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left PeripheryThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 8$
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Liliane Haegeman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858774.001.0001

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Main Clause Phenomena and Adverbial Clauses

Main Clause Phenomena and Adverbial Clauses

(p.149) 4. Main Clause Phenomena and Adverbial Clauses
Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left Periphery

Liliane Haegeman

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that what are usually labeled adverbial clauses differ in terms of their internal syntax: while main clause phenomena (MCP) are banned from some adverbial clauses, they are not excluded from all adverbial clauses. Argument fronting is used as the prototypical MCP for English. It shows that the difference between the two types of adverbial clauses is reflected in their external syntax. In particular, adverbial clauses compatible with argument fronting have properties of main clauses and are less integrated with the clause that they modify. The chapter distinguishes “central” adverbial clauses from “peripheral” adverbial clauses; the labeling is intended to reflect the different degree of integration of the clause with respect to the clause they modify.

Keywords:   central adverbial clause, peripheral adverbial clause, internal syntax, main clause phenomena, argument fronting

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