Subordination in Native South American Languages

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  • Editors: Rik van Gijn1, Katharina Haude2, and Pieter Muysken1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027287090

In terms of its linguistic and cultural make-up, the continent of South America provides linguists and anthropologists with a complex puzzle of language diversity. The continent teems with small language families and isolates, and even languages spoken in adjacent areas can be typologically vastly different from each other. This volume intends to provide a taste of the linguistic diversity found in South America within the area of clause subordination. The potential variety in the strategies that languages can use to encode subordinate events is enormous, yet there are clearly dominant patterns to be discerned: switch reference marking, clause chaining, nominalization, and verb serialization. The book also contributes to the continuing debate on the nature of syntactic complexity, as evidenced in subordination.

Subjects: Typology; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Languages of South America

  • Affiliations: 1: Radboud University Nijmegen; 2: CNRS, SeDyL/CELIA

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