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Unpacking finiteness

Irina Nikolaeva

in Canonical Morphology and Syntax

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604326
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.003.0005
Unpacking finiteness

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Since no implicational relations suggested for finiteness parameters so far have been without exceptions, it is argued that finiteness is a clausal notion which is best characterized by independent criteria belonging to different linguistic components: morphology, syntax, and semantics. There is no uniform dimension called ‘finiteness’. Instead, the relevant category (if it is a category) is sensitive to different kinds of cross-cutting information and each of them can vary independently.

Keywords: canonical typology; finiteness; morphology; subordination; syntax

Chapter.  9512 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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