Classificatory Particles in Kilivila

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGunter Senft

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Common among the world's languages is the phenomenon of classification, a partly or fully grammatical division of the noun lexicon into distinct classes that ultimately derives from the human need to classify and filter data on various levels while communicating. In this book, Senft describesand develops a grammar of classificatory particles in Kilivila, an Austronesian language of the Trobriand Islanders in Papua New Guinea. Drawing largely on his anthropological and linguistic fieldwork in the islands, and emphasizing the use of classifiers in a social context, Senft providesquantitative data and a statistical profile of the status and use of these particles, and the classifier system that employs them.

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Common among the world's languages is the phenomenon of classification, a partly or fully grammatical division of the noun lexicon into distinct classes that ultimately derives from the human need to classify and filter data on various levels while communicating. In this book, Senft describesand develops a grammar of classificatory pa...

Gunter Senft is at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijemegen.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.57 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"...this is a remarkably thorough and well-documented analysis of a complex field of language."--Anthropological Linguistics.