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In matrix clauses of degree sa so

UCV2s may be found as the complement to the adverb of referential degree sa so. The UCV2 itself expresses a consequence.


If the matrix clause expresses a referential degree, then the UCV2 may be found as its semantic complement, as in the example below:

Example 1

Hy is sa siik dat hy kin dy hjoed net helpe
he is so ill that he can you today not helpe
He is so ill that he cannot help you today

Of course, the semantic complement is optional:

Example 2

Hy is sa siik!
he is so ill
He is so very ill!

The UCV2 has the interpretation of a result clause or a clause of effect, which effectively turns the matrix clause into the cause of the result. So the matrix and the UCV2 entertain a cause-effect relationship by juxtaposition. The degree adverb so sa contains an implied specification of the degree. This implied specification is semantically equated with the propositional content of the result clause, the UCV2.

The causal nature of this construction can be brought out by a paraphrase of the sentence above:

Example 3

Hy kin dy hjoed net helpe want hy is sa siik
he can you today not helpe for he is so ill
He cannot help you today because he is so ill

In this paraphrase, the effect or result is expressed in the main clause, and the cause is expressed in the conjoined clause introduced by want for, because. The conjunction want for, because cannot be followed by a Verb-Final construction, unlike omdat because, which can be followed by either a coordinated clause (Verb-Second) or a subordinated clause (Verb-Final).