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Clause Sequences

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When functioning as a clausal conjunction, the particle w may be attached as a clitic either to the initial or final word of a clause. The particle is used to express various types of semantic connection between clauses. In most cases such semantic connections may also be expressed by juxtaposing clauses asyndetically without the explicit linguistic expression of the connection in the form of the connective particle. In narrative, the particle is used to join clauses that express sequential events. The majority of sequential clauses in narrative are joined asyndetically. The usual strategy is to use the particle before the final clause of a chain of events. In this respect, it is a device for marking sections of discourse that are presented as expressing closely cohering event.

Keywords: clausal conjunction; connective particle; sequential clause



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