Definiteness by Christopher LyonsDefiniteness by Christopher Lyons


byChristopher Lyons

Paperback | March 13, 1999

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Definiteness is the concept expressed by definite articles such as "the", and also by other expressions such as demonstratives ("this", "that") and personal pronouns. This textbook surveys such expressions in the many languages of the world, and also examines the theoretical literature on this aspect of grammar, to establish what definiteness is and how languages can express it.
Title:DefinitenessFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:404 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:March 13, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521368359

ISBN - 13:9780521368353


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Basic observations; 2. Simple definites and indefinites; 3. Complex definites and indefinites; 4. Some semantic and pragmatic distinctions; 5. Interaction with other grammatical phenomena; 6. Definiteness effects; 7. Defining definiteness; 8. Definiteness and noun phrase structure; 9. Diachronic aspects; References.