Altaic hypotaxis and the expression of rhetorical relations

Robert Binnick


Hypotactic languages of the Altaic type, such as Manchu, tend to pack information into long sentences containing numerous phrases headed by verbs, but few finite clauses. The aspectual markers on the verbs heading such phrases function to mark rhetorical relations within discourses, not merely to indicate temporal relations. Little research has as yet been conducted into discourse in Altaic languages and further research will be required to specify their markers of rhetorical relations and the discourse functions served by their hypotactic structuring of sentences.


Manchu; Hypotaxis; Altaic; Rhetorical

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