Complementation: A Cross-linguistic Typology

Hardcover | June 22, 2006

EditorR.M.W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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A complement clause is used instead of a noun phrase; for example one can say either I heard [the result] or I heard [that England beat France]. Languages differ in the grammatical properties of complement clauses, and the types of verbs which take them. Some languages lack a complement clauseconstruction but instead employ other construction types to achieve similar ends; these are called complementation strategies. The book explores the variety of types of complementation found across the languages of the world, their grammatical properties and meanings. Detailed studies of particularlanguages, including Akkadian, Israeli, Jarawara, and Pennsylvania German, are framed by R. M. W. Dixon's introduction, which sets out the range of issues, and his conclusion, which draws together the evidence and the arguments. This book will interest scholars of typology, language universals,syntax, information structure, and language contact in departments of linguistics and anthropology, as well as advanced and graduate students taking courses in these subjects.

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A complement clause is used instead of a noun phrase; for example one can say either I heard [the result] or I heard [that England beat France]. Languages differ in the grammatical properties of complement clauses, and the types of verbs which take them. Some languages lack a complement clauseconstruction but instead employ other const...

R.M.W. Dixon is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidin), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press 1988), A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:June 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. R.M.W. Dixon: Complement Clause Types and Complementation Strategies in Typological Perspective2. Kate Burridge: Complement Clause Types in Pennsylania German3. Ghil'ad Zuckermann: Complement Clause Types in Israeli4. R.M.W. Dixon: Complement Clause Type and Complementation Strategy in Jarawara5. Nerida Jarkey: Complement Clause Types and Complementation Strategy in White Hmong6. Carol Genetti: Complement Clause Types and Complementation Strategy in Dolakha Newar7. Guy Deutscher: Complement Clause Types and Complementation Strategies in Akkadian8. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Complement Clause Types and Complementation Strategies in Tariana9. Birgit Hellwig: Complement Clause Type and Complementation Strategies in Goemai10. David Fleck: Complement Clause Type and Complementation Strategies in Matses11. Marian Klamer: Complement Clause TYpe and Complementation Strategy in Kambera12. R.M.W. Dixon: Complementation Strategies in Dyirbal