The Formal Grammar of Switch-Reference

The Formal Grammar of Switch-Reference

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.45mm | 431g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138989282
  • 9781138989283

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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