The syntax and semantics of infinitives of result in English
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 ...Expand abstract
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- The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky
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