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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

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

Irina Nikolaeva

Oxford University Press

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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