Subordination and Coordination Strategies in North Asian Languages

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Edward J. Vajda
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 218 pages
Across North Asia, complex sentence formation patterns display an unusually high prevalence of suffixed relational morphemes used to convey subordination. Suffixal subordinators occur in a variety of genetic groupings, most notably Samoyedic, Turkic, and Tungusic, but also in some of the region s language isolates, such as Ket and Ainu. No general study has surveyed complex sentences across Northern Eurasia and the Pacific Rim, an area noted both for its complicated web of language contact phenomena and its long-established genetic divisions. The 14 chapters in this volume survey synthetic and analytic methods of subordination and coordination. Much of the data reflect original fieldwork, and several chapters focus on critically endangered languages. Nearly every family or isolate in North Asia is taken into consideration, as are all major formal and functional types of complex sentence formation.
 

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Contents

SUBORDINATION COORDINATION
1
SPEECH REPORT CONSTRUCTIONS IN AINU
17
THE SYNTAX AND PRAGMATICS OF ADVERBIAL CLAUSES IN EASTERN KHANTY
31
NULL ARGUMENTS IN KUMYK ADVERBIAL CLAUSES
47
FINITE STRUCTURES IN FOREST ENETS SUBORDINATION
63
GRAMMATICIZATION AND RELATIVE CLAUSES IN EASTERN KHANTY
77
TOWARD A SEMANTIC TYPOLOGY OF COORDINATION
85
QUESTION PARTICLES OR WHAT?
97
IMPERATIVES IN CONDITIONAL AND CONCESSIVE SUBORDINATE CLAUSES
123
MORPHOLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR COMPLEX SENTENCES AND POLYSYNTHESIS IN CENTRAL ALASKAN YUPIK ESKIMO
143
CONVERBS IN NORTHERN SELKUP
167
HEADNEGATING ENCLITICS IN KET
179
INFINITIVE CONSTRUCTIONS IN KET
203
INDEX
215
The series CURRENT ISSUES IN LINGUISTIC THEORY
219
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF DECONVERBAL PREPOSITIONS
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