Subordination

Hardcover | March 3, 2004

bySonia Cristofaro

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This book presents a typology of subordination systems across the world's languages. Traditional definitions of subordination are based on morphosyntactic criteria, such as clausal embedding or non-finiteness. The book shows that these definitions are untenable in a cross-linguisticperspective, and provides a cognitively based definition of subordination. The analysis is based on a representative 80 language sample, and represents the broadest study so far conducted on the cross-linguistic coding of several types of complement, adverbial, and relative sentence. These sentence types display considerable structural variation across languages. However,this variation turns out to be constrained, and appears crucially related to the functional properties of individual sentence types. This work is the first systematic attempt to establish comprehensive implicational hierarchies describing the coding of complement, adverbial and relative sentences ata single stroke. Concepts from typological theory and cognitive linguistics are integrated to account for these hierarchies.

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This book presents a typology of subordination systems across the world's languages. Traditional definitions of subordination are based on morphosyntactic criteria, such as clausal embedding or non-finiteness. The book shows that these definitions are untenable in a cross-linguisticperspective, and provides a cognitively based definiti...

Sonia Cristofaro received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pavia in 1998, and is now associate professor of Linguistics at the same university. Her main research areas include syntax, semantics and typology. Her publications include various articles on the syntax and semantics of complex sentences.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199252793

ISBN - 13:9780199252794

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List of tablesAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Theoretical premises2. The notion of subordination3. The coding of subordination4. The cross-linguistic coding of subordination5. Complement relations6. Adverbial relations7. Relative relations8. Comparison of complement, adverbial, and relative relations9. The coding of subordination relations10. Correlations between individual morphosyntactic phenomena11. Conclusions and prospectsAppendicesBibliographyIndex