Classifiers: A Typology of Noun Categorization Devices

Paperback | December 11, 2003

byAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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Almost all languages have some ways of categorizing nouns. Languages of South-East Asia have classifiers used with numerals, while most Indo-European languages have two or three genders. They can have a similar meaning and one can develop from the other. This book provides a comprehensive andoriginal analysis of noun categorization devices all over the world. It will interest typologists, those working in the fields of morphosyntactic variation and lexical semantics, as well as anthropologists and all other scholars interested in the mechanisms of human cognition.

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Almost all languages have some ways of categorizing nouns. Languages of South-East Asia have classifiers used with numerals, while most Indo-European languages have two or three genders. They can have a similar meaning and one can develop from the other. This book provides a comprehensive andoriginal analysis of noun categorization dev...

Alexandra Aikhenvald is Professor of Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR 1980-89, and Professor of Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, unt...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:562 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.13 inPublished:December 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: PreliminariesChapter 2: Noun Class and Gender SystemsChapter 3: Noun ClassifiersChapter 4: Numeral ClassifiersChapter 5: Classifiers in Possessive ConstructionsChapter 6: Verbal ClassifiersChapter 7: Locative and Deictic ClassifiersChapter 8: Different Classifier Types in One LanguageChapter 9: Multiple Classifier LanguagesChapter 10: Classifiers and Other Grammatical CategoriesChapter 11: Semantics of Noun Categorization DevicesChapter 12: Semantic Organization and Functions of Noun CategorizationChapter 13: Origin and Development of Noun Categorization DevicesChapter 14: Noun Categorization Devices in Language Acquisition and DissolutionChapter 15: ConclusionsAppendix 1: Noun Categorization by Means Other than ClassifiersAppendix 2: From Nouns to Classifiers: Further Examples of Semantic ChangeAppendix 3: Fieldworker's Guide to Classifier Languages

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