Finiteness Matters

On finiteness-related phenomena in natural languages

Kristin Melum Eide | Norwegian University of Science and Technology
ISBN 9789027257147 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266972 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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"Although standardly recognized by linguists of many diverse theoretical persuasions, finiteness continues to figure among [...] the most poorly understood concepts of linguistic theory”. This was eloquently stated by Ledgeway (2000, 2007) and remains true even today. The present volume thus aims to shed some much needed light on this area of linguistic theorizing, with eleven chapters approaching finiteness phenomena from the fields of syntax, semantics, language acquisition, and Creole studies, and providing data from a range of different languages. Traditionally, approaches to finiteness within the Principles and Parameters framework have seen as their main aim to understand the relation between the morphological exponents of finiteness and the syntactic operations seemingly depending on these exponents. The papers in this volume mostly take their point of departure from this more traditional view on finiteness, before elaborating on, modifying and diverging from this tradition in novel and interesting ways.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 231] 2016.  vi, 346 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Integrating syntactic theory, cross-linguistic variation, and acquisition, this is the most wide ranging and up-to-date set of studies available on the concept of finiteness.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016011007 | Marc record