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Finiteness : theoretical and empirical foundations

Author: Irina Nikolaeva
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Oxford linguistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the nature of finiteness, clarifying what it is and establishing its usefulness and limitations. Leading scholars look from a range of perspectives at how finiteness is conceived in formal and functional theories of grammar; at its cross-linguistic manifestations; at the finite/nonfinite opposition in individual languages; and at the role of finiteness in linguistic change and linguistic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Finiteness.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006037201
(OCoLC)76481389
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Irina Nikolaeva
ISBN: 9781435621602 1435621603 9780191526725 019152672X
OCLC Number: 190964046
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 537 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Three domains of finiteness : a Minimalist perspective / David Adger --
Finiteness in non-transformational syntactic frameworks / Peter Sells --
Deconstructing finiteness : finiteness in a functional-typological perspective / Sonia Cristofaro --
Categories that make finiteness : discreteness from a functional perspective and some of its repercussions / Walter Bisang --
Constructional economy and nonfinite independent clauses / Irina Nikolaeva --
Clause structure and verbal forms in Nakh-Daghestanian languages / Elena Kalinina and Nina Sumbatova --
In what ways can finite and nonfinite clauses differ? Evidence from Russian / David M. Perlmutter --
Verbal and nominalized finite clauses in Turkish / Jaklin Kornfilt --
Diachrony and finiteness : subordination in the dialects of southern Italy / Adam Ledgeway --
Insubordination and its uses / Nicholas Evans --
Finiteness in first and second language acquisition / Petra Gretsch and Clive Perdue.
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: edited by Irina Nikolaeva.
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Divided into four parts, this book explores the nature of finiteness. Part I considers the role finiteness plays in formal syntactic theories and Part II its deployment. Parts III and IV look  Read more...

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