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1st Edition

The Formal Grammar of Switch-Reference

ISBN 9781138989283
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This book studies the syntax of switch-reference and its implications for the theory of grammar. Switch-reference, found in many genetically and geographically diverse languages, is a phenomenon whereby referential identity between subjects of hierarchically adjacent clauses is encoded by the presence of a morpheme, usually suffixed to the verb of the subordinate clause. This book argues that switch-reference should be analysed as a syntactic rather than a purely pragmatic or functional feature of language.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory Remarks  2. The Syntactic Nature of Switch-Reference  3. Inclusive Reference and Switch-Reference  4. Anticipatory Subjects  5. Related and Residual Topics

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Finer, Daniel L