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The Finite Independency: A study of the relevance of the notion of finiteness in Hdi.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5167-1424
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that there is a finiteness distinction in Hdi and that the notion is of value for a description of the language. The definition of finiteness suitable for the language has been suggested to be the one given by Anderson (2007) combined with Bisang (2007). The finite clauses are argued to be the pragmatically independent ones while the non-finite clauses are argued to be the pragmatically dependent. However, no morphological reductions were found in the non-finite clauses relative to the finite ones. What is more, negation in Hdi shows a nontypical behaviour regarding finiteness properties as there are aspectual distinctions made for dependent clauses that are not made for independent. Verbless clauses and imperatives may be viewed as finite and non-finite depending on their capacity to licence independent predication or, alternatively, they may be viewed as not displaying finiteness properties at all. The latter is argued to be preferred in order to avoid a redundant definition of finiteness.

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2009. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Finiteness, Hdi, Chadic language, Independent clauses, Dependent clauses.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28912OAI: diva2:227851
2009-06-02, C307, Stockholms Universitet, 106 91 Stockholm, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2009-08-24 Created: 2009-07-20 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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