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Title: Microvariation in Syntactic Doubling
Edited By: Sjef Barbiers
Olaf Koeneman
Marika Lekakou
Margreet van der Ham
URL: http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781848550209&cur=GBP&sf1=kword_index&sort=sort_date%2
Series Title: Syntax and Semantics
Description:

Syntactic doubling is the phenomenon in which a constituent, i.e., a
morphosyntactic feature, morpheme, word or phrase, is expressed two or more
times within a clause. Since such duplicates are often redundant in that
they do not contribute to semantic interpretation, the question arises as
to why they are possible or necessary. This theoretical question becomes
even more urgent in view of the fact that closely related language
varieties such as the dialects of one dialect family often differ with
respect to the possibility of doubling. This book puts together seventeen
papers on microvariation in syntactic doubling that deal with such
theoretical issues. They provide a rich overview of the syntactic doubling
phenomena attested so far and of the theoretical analyses that are
currently available. The syntactic doubling phenomena discussed include,
among others, subject pronoun doubling, WH pronoun doubling, possessive
pronoun doubling, clitic doubling, expletive subjects, tense, mood and
aspect doubling, auxiliary doubling, preposition doubling and negation
doubling. Language varieties discussed in this book include Afrikaans,
Alemannic, Bavarian, Tyrolean German, dialects of Dutch, dialects of
Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Faroese, colloquial Icelandic, colloquial
Finnish, colloquial European and Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Argentinian
Spanish, dialects of Italian, Rumanian, Albanian, Bulgarian,
Serbo-Croatian, Pontic, Macedonian and Modern Greek.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1848550200
ISBN-13: 9781848550209
Pages: 479
Prices: U.K. £ 68.99