Finiteness Matters

On finiteness-related phenomena in natural languages

| Norwegian University of Science and Technology
ISBN 9789027257147 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266972 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
"Although standardly recognized by linguists of many diverse theoretical persuasions, finiteness continues to figure among [...] the most poorly understood concepts of linguistic theory”. This was eloquently stated by Ledgeway (2000, 2007) and remains true even today. The present volume thus aims to shed some much needed light on this area of linguistic theorizing, with eleven chapters approaching finiteness phenomena from the fields of syntax, semantics, language acquisition, and Creole studies, and providing data from a range of different languages. Traditionally, approaches to finiteness within the Principles and Parameters framework have seen as their main aim to understand the relation between the morphological exponents of finiteness and the syntactic operations seemingly depending on these exponents. The papers in this volume mostly take their point of departure from this more traditional view on finiteness, before elaborating on, modifying and diverging from this tradition in novel and interesting ways.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 231]  2016.  vi, 346 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Kristin Melum Eide
Part I: Finiteness: underlying relations
Finiteness and Pseudofiniteness
Elizabeth Cowper
The Split T Analysis
Halldór Ármann Sigur∂sson
Universals and variation: Encoding anaphoric dependencies
Eric J. Reuland
Finiteness, inflection, and the syntax your morphology can afford
Kristin Melum Eide
Part II: Morphosyntactic exponents of (non-)finiteness
Agreement is not an essential ingredient of finiteness: Evidence from impersonal sentences in Norwegian dialects and in English
Tor A. Åfarli
Non-finiteness in Saamáka
Marleen Susanne van de Vate and Tonjes Veenstra
Finiteness and response particles in West Flemish
Liliane Haegeman and Andrew Weir
Part III: Finiteness in language acquisition
Word order and finiteness in acquisition: A study of Norwegian and English Wh-questions
Marit Westergaard
The influence of phonological factors on the expression of finiteness by children learning Dutch as their first and second language
Elma Blom and Nada Vasić
Contradictory parameter settings in one mind: A case study of a Mandarin-Norwegian bilingual’s acquisition of finiteness and V2 in Norwegian
Fufen Jin and Kristin Melum Eide
“Integrating syntactic theory, cross-linguistic variation, and acquisition, this is the most wide ranging and up-to-date set of studies available on the concept of finiteness.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016011007 | Marc record