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Concreteness in Grammar,9781575866062

Concreteness in Grammar

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9781575866062

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1575866064
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Pub. Date:
12/15/2012
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Univ of Chicago Pr
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Based on an exhaustive search of published sources and the author's firsthand fieldwork, Concreteness in Grammarexplores 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 critical play a role alongside semantics in the classification of lexical terms. In Arapesh, virtually every possible final ending of a noun is represented in the paradigm of noun class and agreement markers, reflecting an interpenetraion 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. A rigorous study of an endangered language, Concreteness in Grammarrevisits the definition of a morpheme and looks at unusual language patterns to reveal the naturalness of grammar.


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