Concreteness in Grammar
Lise Dobrin (Author)
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Based on an exhaustive search of published sources and the author's firsthand fieldwork, "Concreteness in Grammar" explores the role of phonological form in the noun class systems of the Arapesh languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. Linguists have long known that formal criteria play a role alongside semantics in the classification of lexical terms. In Arapesh, virtually every possible noun-final sound is represented in the paradigm of noun class and agreement markers, reflecting an interpenetration of sound structure and grammar that many theories would disallow as wildly unconstrained. In this book, Lise Dobrin describes these formal patterns in order to reveal their naturalness and elegance, establishing their place in a typology of noun class systems and drawing out their significance for theories of grammatical architecture.
About the Author
Lise Dobrin is assistant professor of anthropology and director of the linguistics program at the University of Virginia.
- Contributor: Lise Dobrin
- Imprint: Centre for the Study of Language & Information
- ISBN13: 9781575866062
- Number of Pages: 240
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Centre for the Study of Language & Information
- Release Date: 2013-03-26
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Lise Dobrin is assistant professor of anthropology and director of the linguistics program at the University of Virginia.
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