by Sonia Cristofaro


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"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. The book shows that these definitions are untenable in a cross-linguistic perspective, and provides a cognitively based definition of subordination."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199282005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2005
Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory Series
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sonia Cristofaro received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pavia in 1998, and is now associate professor of Linguistics at the same university. Her main research areas include syntax, semantics and typology. Her publications include various articles on the syntax and semantics of complex sentences.

Table of Contents

List of tables
1. Theoretical premises
2. The notion of subordination
3. The coding of subordination
4. The cross-linguistic coding of subordination
5. Complement relations
6. Adverbial relations
7. Relative relations
8. Comparison of complement, adverbial, and relative relations
9. The coding of subordination relations
10. Correlations between individual morphosyntactic phenomena
11. Conclusions and prospects

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