The Formal Grammar of Switch-Reference

1st Edition

Daniel L Finer

Routledge
Published January 21, 2016
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138989283 - CAT# Y210107
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Linguistics

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Summary

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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