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Canonical Morphology and Syntax$
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Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.001.0001

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Unpacking finiteness

Unpacking finiteness

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(p.99) 5 Unpacking finiteness
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Canonical Morphology and Syntax
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Irina Nikolaeva

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.003.0005

Since no implicational relations suggested for finiteness parameters so far have been without exceptions, it is argued that finiteness is a clausal notion which is best characterized by independent criteria belonging to different linguistic components: morphology, syntax, and semantics. There is no uniform dimension called ‘finiteness’. Instead, the relevant category (if it is a category) is sensitive to different kinds of cross-cutting information and each of them can vary independently.

Keywords:   canonical typology, finiteness, morphology, subordination, syntax

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