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Sonia Cristofaro


This book presents a typology of subordination systems across the world's languages. Traditional definitions of subordination are based on morphosyntactic criteria, such as clausal embedding or non-finiteness. This book shows that these definitions are untenable in a cross-linguistic perspective, and provides a cognitive-based definition of subordination. The analysis is based on a representative eighty-language sample, and represents the broadest study so far conducted on the cross-linguistic coding of several types of complement, adverbial, and relative sentence. These sentence types display ... More

Keywords: subordination systems, morphosyntactic criteria, clausal embedding, non-finiteness, cross-linguistic coding, complement, adverbial sentences, relative sentences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Cristofaro, author
University of Pavia
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