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Message 1: Typology: Shinji "Towards an alternative description..."

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 13:04:22 +0000
From: shinjiido <>
Subject: Typology: Shinji "Towards an alternative description..."

Institution: University of Sydney
Program: School of European, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2002

Author: Ido Shinji 

Dissertation Title: 
Towards an alternative description of incomplete sentences in
agglutinative languages

Linguistic Field: 
Typology, Morphology, Phonology, Phonetics

Subject Language:
Uzbek, Southern (code: 6525)
Tajiki (code: 4902)
Japanese (code: 2589)
Turkish (code: 6259)

Dissertation Director 1:Hugh Clarke 

Dissertation Abstract: 

This thesis analyses 'incomplete sentences' in languages which utilise
distinctively agglutinative components in their morphology.

In the grammars of the languages dealt with in this thesis, there are
certain types of sentences which are variously referred to as
'elliptical sentences' (Turkish eksiltili c�mleler), 'incomplete
sentences' (Uzbek to'liqsiz gaplar), 'cut-off sentences' (Turkish
kesik c�mleler), etc., for which the grammarians provide elaborated
semantic and syntactic analyses.

The current work attempts to present an alternative approach for the
analysis of such sentences. The distribution of morphemes in
incomplete sentences is examined closely, based on which a system of
analysis that can handle a variety of incomplete sentences in an
integrated manner is proposed from a morphological point of view. It
aims to aid grammarians as well as researchers in area studies by
providing a simple description of incomplete sentences in
agglutinative languages.

The linguistic data are taken from Turkish, Uzbek, and Japanese, with
special reference to (Bukharan) Tajik.
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