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Title: Finiteness in Jejuan adverbial clauses : a canonical typology approach
Author: Kim, Soung-U. Sebastian
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 6186
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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In this thesis, I examine morphological, syntactic and semantic finiteness properties of a selected set of converbal, adverbial clauses in Jejuan (Koreanic, South Korea), following a Canonical Typology approach. This typological framework relies on the construction of a so-called Canonical Ideal that is the logical convergence of all criteria defining a certain concept. Thus on the basis of finiteness criteria, I build an ideal of a canonically finite clause, which the individual properties of a particular Jejuan adverbial clause are compared to. In this way, I situate Jejuan adverbial clauses in the typological space of Canonical Finiteness. This ensures cross-linguistic comparability through a rigorous application of this concept to a particular language. Drawing on elicited and spontaneous language data, this study shows that the finiteness properties of Jejuan adverbial clauses are not uniform, and bundle into larger patterns only to a limited extent: one can identify a class of 'canonically non-finite' clauses, yet most clause types do not group into larger classes of finiteness properties. On the one hand, no adverbial clause ever confirms with the canonical ideal in the entirety of its properties, meaning that they are in fact non-finite at least in some respect. On the other hand, a particular clause type may be more canonically finite on the morphological level, yet less so on the syntactic or semantic level, and vice versa. As a conclusion, the findings support current tendencies in the theoretical literature which suggest that neither a binary, nor a gradual theorisation on finiteness provide satisfactory accounts: in fact, the Jejuan results ask for an examination under a multi-dimensional angle which allows for various mismatches between different linguistic domains. Given this, I argue that the Canonical Typology model is a welcome framework that can capture the diversity of crosslinguistic finiteness manifestations in a rigorous, yet multi-faceted manner, enabling the comparison of different languages in a principled way.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral