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The syntax and semantics of infinitives of result in English

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This thesis concerns infinitives of result in English, examples of which are given under (a-c).

  • (a) John designed a battery to operate at high temperatures.
  • (b) John designed a battery to win a prize.
  • (c) John designed a battery for the competition, only to discover that he was ineligible.

The infinitive in (a) is called a Purpose Clause; the infinitive in (b) is called a Rationale Clause; and the infinitive in (c) is called a Telic ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Committee for Comparative Philology and General Linguistics
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Publication date:
1995
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602337575
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