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By Christopher Lyons

This 1999 textbook investigates definiteness either from a comparative and a theoretical standpoint, exhibiting how languages convey definiteness and what definiteness is. It surveys plenty of languages to find the variety of version on the subject of definiteness and similar grammatical phenomena, akin to demonstratives, possessives and private pronouns. It outlines paintings performed at the nature of definiteness in semantics, pragmatics and syntax, and develops an account on which definiteness is a grammatical classification represented in syntax as a practical head (the greatly mentioned D). attention is usually given to the origins and evolution of certain articles within the gentle of the comparative and theoretical findings. one of the claims complicated are that definiteness doesn't happen in all languages, even though the pragmatic notion which it grammaticalizes most likely does.

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