Finiteness and Nominalization

Claudine Chamoreau | CNRS (CEMCA/SeDyL-CELIA)
Zarina Estrada-Fernández | Universidad de Sonora
ISBN 9789027206947 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267023 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume addresses the relation between finiteness and nominalization, which is far more complex than the simple opposition finite-nonfinite. The contributions analyze finiteness cross-linguistically from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, focusing on a number of topics that has not been thoroughly explored in the literature. First, the correlation between finiteness and nominalization is also affected by a third factor, information structure. Second, there is a correlation between the continuum of finiteness and the scale from main/independent clauses to dependent clauses. Given that of nominalized constructions occur not only in dependent clauses, but also in independent clauses, it is possible to grade according to degree of nominalization, which can then be related to the scale of finiteness. Finally, each of these scales can also be seen as a product the diachronic process of re-finitization and of finitization.
[Typological Studies in Language, 113] 2016.  vii, 380 pp.
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“This wonderful collection of articles by leading linguists brings together an impressive amount of knowledge on theoretical, typological, and diachronic aspects of the relation between finiteness and nominalization. The contributions discuss a wide range of phenomena and cover a great variety of languages, achieving both breadth and depth: a truly significant contribution and a must-read for anyone interested in finiteness and nominalization.”
“An inspiring collection that extends the discussion of finiteness and nominalization to new languages and topics and suggests insightful synchronic and diachronic links among a broad range of phenomena.”
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Cristofaro, Sonia
2019. Chapter 3. Nominalization in cross-linguistic diachronic perspective. In Nominalization in Languages of the Americas [Typological Studies in Language, 124],  pp. 169 ff. DOI logo

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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:  2016009025 | Marc record