Indefinite pronouns

Most of the world's languages have indefinite pronouns, that is, expressions such as someone, anything, and nowhere. This workpresents an encyclopaedic investigation of indefinite pronouns in the languages of the world, mapping out the range of variation in their functional and formative proper...

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Main Author: Haspelmath, Martin
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Oxford Oxford University Press 2017, 2017
Series:Oxford studies in typology and linguistic theory / Oxford studies in typology and linguistic theory
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Summary:Most of the world's languages have indefinite pronouns, that is, expressions such as someone, anything, and nowhere. This workpresents an encyclopaedic investigation of indefinite pronouns in the languages of the world, mapping out the range of variation in their functional and formative properties. It shows that cross-linguistic diversity is severely constrained by a set of implicational universals and by a number of unrestricted universals. Topics include formal and functional types of indefinite pronoun, theoretical approaches to the functions of indefinite pronouns, the grammaticalization of indefinite pronouns, and negative indefinite pronouns
Item Description:Previously issued in print: 2001
Physical Description:1 online resource illustrations (black and white)
ISBN:9780191851971