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Indefinite Pronouns

Book Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory ISBN: 9780198235606 9780198299639 Year: Pages: 380 DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198235606.001.0001 Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subject: Linguistics
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Most of the world's languages have indefinite pronouns, that is, expressions such as someone, anything, and nowhere. This book presents 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.

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