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Finiteness: From a Lexical to a Functional Category Peter Jordens

Finiteness: From a Lexical to a Functional Category

Peter Jordens

Published November 14th 2012
ISBN : 9783110216202
Hardcover
288 pages
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Finiteness as a concept of information structure determines the perspective from which the present investigation has been carried out. The linguistic status of finiteness in learner languages changes as a function of language development. ThisMoreFiniteness as a concept of information structure determines the perspective from which the present investigation has been carried out. The linguistic status of finiteness in learner languages changes as a function of language development. This accounts for the fact that at consecutive stages of acquisition finiteness is expressed differently. Finiteness, as it plays a role at different stages of development, serves thus as the anchoring point from which the dynamics of the process of language development both in L1 and L2 learners can be explained. The present study shows that in this process the auxiliary verb (heb/heeft) serves a crucial role due to its function as a topicalization device.