By Martina Häcker
This examine provides a accomplished syntactic and semantic research of a geographically balanced corpus of written and spoken texts, in modern Scots (including the author's personal box recordings), amply illustrated with examples, hence creating a significant contribution to the sector of English dialect grammar.
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Extra info for Adverbial Clauses in Scots: A Semantic-Syntactic Study
6 Nevertheless, it is indispensable for the interpretation and evaluation of linguistic data. Several methods are available to set up a database. The methods traditionally used in linguistic fieldwork are elicitation, questionnaires and recordings of spontaneous speech. Two kinds of elicitation need to be distinguished: (i) the researcher supplies part of a syntactic structure which is then completed by the informant; (ii) he or she directs the conversation in a way that obliges the informant to produce the required item.
Miller (1995: 133) argues strongly in favour of such a view. "5 Interestingly, interpolation is also a frequent feature in the examples he cites to point to the discrepancy between intonation contours and dependency relations. This suggests that interpolation may be a special category, which does not fit into the system of linear sentence structure, irrespective of the medium of production. The punctuation convention of marking off interpolations by dashes supports such a view. Another frequent problem in the analysis of texts is illustrated by the case of German und.
DWD 75) '... 6. Til-infinitive clauses /"//-infinitive clauses are the Caithness equivalent of to-infinitive clauses. They may be zero-introduced or introduced by for. There is no example of a ///clause with an overt subject. All the examples of ///-clauses occurring in the corpus are clauses of purpose. This may, however, be a coincidence, as /// is generally used for to in all its functions: (26) Her mither gied intil the byre til get the stoolie for til tak it til the park far the coo wis tethered (HAM 110) 'Her mother went into the byre to get the stool to take it to the field where the cow was tethered.