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Subordination

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Subordination by Sonia 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. Sonia Cristofaro shows that these definitions are untenable in a cross-linguistic perspective, and provides a cognitive 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 at a single stroke. Concepts from typological theory and cognitive linguistics are integrated to account for these hierarchies.

Author Biography

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. She is the author of a book on complementation in Ancient Greek (Aspetti della complementatione frasale in greco antico, 1996). Her publications also include various articles on the syntax and semantics of complex sentences.
Release date NZ
May 19th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
numerous tables
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
376
Dimensions
156x234x21
ISBN-13
9780199282005
Product ID
1860099

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