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Finnish : Descriptive Grammars - Merja Karalainen


Descriptive Grammars

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415026437
Number Of Pages: 444

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Finnish is one of the Finno-Ugrian family of languages, and being historically linked with Swedish, can be compared with that language, particularly in its vocabulary. There are about five million native speakers of the language and large Finnish-speaking minorities in Norway, Sweden, the USA and Canada. It is a morphologically rich language, which has 15 cases and a variety of finite and non-finite verbal categories. Its inflectional suffixes have a wide range of grammatical functions and a large number of derivational affixes, providing a productive source of word formation. It has a complex vowel system. This descriptive grammar explores many interesting details of Finnish syntax, morphology, phonology and lexicon, providing the linguist, for the first time in English, with the opportunity for cross-language comparisons and making this important language accessible to a wide range of theoretical and descriptive linguistic analysis.

Abbreviations and general comments
Syntaxp. 1
General questionsp. 1
Sentence typesp. 1
Subordinationp. 28
Structural questionsp. 61
Internal structure of the sentencep. 61
Adjective phrasesp. 75
Adverb phrasesp. 80
Postpositional/prepositional phrasesp. 83
Noun phrasesp. 86
Coordinationp. 103
Negationp. 115
Anaphorap. 120
Reflexivesp. 132
Reciprocalsp. 146
Comparisonp. 165
Equativesp. 171
Possessionp. 176
Emphasisp. 179
Topicp. 188
Heavy shiftp. 199
Other movement processesp. 202
Minor clause typesp. 202
Word classesp. 204
Morphologyp. 208
Inflectionp. 208
Noun inflectionp. 208
Pronounsp. 271
Verb morphologyp. 288
Adjectivesp. 337
Postpositions/prepositionsp. 342
Numerals/quantifiersp. 344
Adverbsp. 349
Cliticsp. 351
Derivational morphologyp. 353
Phonologyp. 365
Phonological units (segmental)p. 365
Phonotacticsp. 369
Suprasegmentalsp. 379
Morphophonology (segmental)p. 385
Morphophonology (suprasegmental)p. 396
Ideophones and Interjectionsp. 397
Ideophonesp. 397
Interjectionsp. 398
Lexiconp. 399
Structured semantic fieldsp. 399
Basic vocabularyp. 408
Referencesp. 414
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780415026437
ISBN-10: 0415026431
Series: Descriptive Grammars
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1