Matti Miestamo

List of John Benjamins publications for which Matti Miestamo plays a role.



Negation in Uralic Languages

Edited by Matti Miestamo, Anne Tamm and Beáta Wagner-Nagy

[Typological Studies in Language, 108] 2015. ix, 667 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology | Uralic languages

Language Complexity: Typology, contact, change

Edited by Matti Miestamo, Kaius Sinnemäki and Fred Karlsson

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 94] 2008. xiv, 356 pp.
Subjects Contact Linguistics | Creole studies | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


One cross-linguistically recurrent asymmetry between affirmation and negation is the neutralization of tense-aspect distinctions in negatives. A functional explanation proposed for this is that in their typical discourse context negatives have less need for temporal specification than affirmatives… read more
Grünthal, Riho, Volker Heyd, Sampsa Holopainen, Juha A. Janhunen, Olesya Khanina, Matti Miestamo, Johanna Nichols, Janne S. Saarikivi and Kaius Sinnemäki 2022 Drastic demographic events triggered the Uralic spreadDiachronica 39:4, pp. 490–524 | Article
The widespread Uralic family offers several advantages for tracing prehistory: a firm absolute chronological anchor point in an ancient contact episode with well-dated Indo-Iranian; other points of intersection or diagnostic non-intersection with early Indo-European (the Late… read more
Miestamo, Matti and Eino Koponen 2015 Negation in Skolt SaamiNegation in Uralic Languages, Miestamo, Matti, Anne Tamm and Beáta Wagner-Nagy (eds.), pp. 353–376 | Article
This chapter describes negation in Skolt Saami in a typological perspective. In the standard negation construction, the negative marker is a negative auxiliary verb and the lexical verb appears in a non-finite form. Negative imperatives employ a special form for the negative auxiliary. The copula… read more
Miestamo, Matti, Anne Tamm and Beáta Wagner-Nagy 2015 Negation in Uralic languages – IntroductionNegation in Uralic Languages, Miestamo, Matti, Anne Tamm and Beáta Wagner-Nagy (eds.), pp. 1–42 | Article
Miestamo, Matti 2009 NegationGrammar, Meaning and Pragmatics, Brisard, Frank, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 208–229 | Article
Karlsson, Fred, Matti Miestamo and Kaius Sinnemäki 2008 Introduction: The problem of language complexityLanguage Complexity: Typology, contact, change, Miestamo, Matti, Kaius Sinnemäki and Fred Karlsson (eds.), pp. vii–xiv | Miscellaneous
Miestamo, Matti 2008 Grammatical complexity in cross-linguistic perspectiveLanguage Complexity: Typology, contact, change, Miestamo, Matti, Kaius Sinnemäki and Fred Karlsson (eds.), pp. 23–41 | Article
In this paper, I address theoretical and methodological issues in the cross-linguistic study of grammatical complexity. I identify two different approaches to complexity: the absolute one – complexity as an objective property of the system, and the relative one – complexity as cost/difficulty to… read more
Miestamo, Matti 2006 NegationHandbook of Pragmatics: 2006 Installment, Verschueren, Jef and Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), pp. 1–25 | Article
Miestamo, Matti 2006 John A. Hawkins. Efficiency and complexity in grammarsFunctions of Language 13:2, pp. 277–284 | Article
Miestamo, Matti 2001 NegationHandbook of Pragmatics: 1999 Installment, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman, Jan Blommaert † and Chris Bulcaen (eds.), pp. 1–25 | Article