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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die gebruik van die onderskikker wanneer in hipotaktiese verbindings - : navorsings- en oorsigartikel

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract

Die onderskikker kan in bysinsinlywing en in hipotaktiese verbinding gebruik word. In hierdie artikel word die gebruik van in hipotaktiese verbindings ondersoek aan die hand van 'n korpus dokumente wat van die Internet verkry is. Vanuit die oogpunt van kan as 'n ruimtebouer beskou word. Die bysin wat deur ingelei word, bou 'n temporele of situasionele ruimte waarbinne die hoofsin geld of verstaan moet word. Die gebruik van konstruksies met word op 'n waarskynlikheidskontinuum geplaas wat van feitelik tot teenfeitelik strek. Die gebruike word in breë groepe as verhalend, generies, voorspellend of hipoteties geklassifiseer. Geen duidelike grense bestaan tussen kategorieë en subkategorieë nie. Verwantskappe tussen gebruike word ook aangedui. As modifiseerders van kom verskeie bywoorde voor, wat in kategorieë van insluiting, uitsluiting, uitsondering en beklemtoning geplaas kan word. 'n Vergelyking tussen die gebruik van en word as 'n veld vir verdere navorsing voorgestel.


In Afrikaans the subordinating conjunction "wanneer" (when) can be used in hypotactic binding and subordinate clause embedding. This paper, a continuation of an earlier paper on subordinate clause incorporation, examines the use of "wanneer" in hypotactic binding. Following a cognitive framework, actual usage is examined. Using an assumption from Construction Grammar makes it possible not only to describe the meaning of "wanneer", but also to investigate hypotactic binding as a whole. The Mental Spaces Theory is used to describe the role of "wanneer" as a mental space builder. A large corpus incorporating many different authors and diverse genres is used. This has the advantage that not only common, but also rare usages of "wanneer" in hypotactic binding have come to light. The corpus, obtained from the Internet, is analysed by computer-assisted methods.
The problem is contextualised by examining the nature of hypotactic binding, stressing the temporal nature of "wanneer" and conceptualising a temporal and probabilistic continuum where the actions of the main and subordinate clauses occur. "Wanneer" builds a mental space in the sense of the Mental Spaces Theory in which the two events of the main and subordinate clause take place. This mental space is usually temporal, but may also be situational and probabilistic.
The usage of "wanneer" is categorised as narrative, generic, prognostic or hypothetic. Many examples are given of each and similarities are noted. The categories are not sharply defined and fuzzy continua exist. Some categories are subdivided further. In the generic category, general facts, definitions, scientific argumentation, advice and regulations, possibilities and permission are differentiated by examples. In the prognostic category, prophesies, prognostic regulations, promises, warnings and threats are found to exist. For most categories there are defining verb patterns.
Several adverbs are found to be typical modifiers of "wanneer". These adverbs can be grouped according to meaning. One group of adverbs, "selfs" (even), "ook" (also) and "veral" (especially), express inclusion. Exclusion is expressed by "slegs" (only), "net" (barely), "alleen" (merely) and "eers" (just). "Behalwe" (except) is found to be on its own, expressing exceptions especially in regulations. "Telkens" (in each case) was found to be a special case in that it does not modify the meaning of "wanneer", but accentuates the iterative application.
Sometimes, in contrast to English, the adverb "dan" (then) is used in the main clause. Especially in religious texts "dan" is used to accentuate the consequential nature of the subordinate clause. "Dan" is also used in lengthy sentences where a subordinate clause is inserted between the "wanneer"-clause and the main clause, to remind the reader of the previous statement.
The findings of the analysis are summarised in a table. A comparison between the usage of "wanneer" (when), "indien" (if) and "as" (if, when) is proposed as an area for further research.

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2009-03-01
2019-08-23

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