Features: Perspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics

Hardcover | September 19, 2010

EditorAnna Kibort, Greville G. Corbett

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This book presents a critical overview of current work on linguistic features and establishes new bases for their use in the study and understanding of language. Features are fundamental components of linguistic description: they include gender (feminine, masculine, neuter); number (singular, plural, dual); person (1st, 2nd, 3rd); tense (present, past, future); and case (nominative, accusative, genitive, ergative). Despite their ubiquity and centrality inlinguistic description, much remains to be discovered about them: there is, for example, no readily available inventory showing which features are found in which of the world's languages; there is no consensus about how they operate across different components of language; and there is no certaintyabout how they interact. This book seeks at once to highlight and to tackle these problems. It brings together perspectives from phonology to formal syntax and semantics, expounding the use of linguistic features in typology, computer applications, and logic. Linguists representing differentstandpoints spell out clearly the assumptions they bring to different kinds of feature and describe how they use them. Their contrasting contributions highlight the areas of difference and the common ground between their perspectives. The book brings together original work by leading international scholars. It will appeal to linguists of all theoretical persuasions.

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This book presents a critical overview of current work on linguistic features and establishes new bases for their use in the study and understanding of language. Features are fundamental components of linguistic description: they include gender (feminine, masculine, neuter); number (singular, plural, dual); person (1st, 2nd, 3rd); tens...

Anna Kibort is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Researcher in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey. Her research interests are in morphosyntax and linguistic typology. She is a contributing author in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:September 19, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett: IntroductionPart 1: Key Notions2. Greville G. Corbett: Features: essential notions3. B. Elan Dresher: Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology4. Anna Kibort: Towards a typology of grammatical featuresPart II: Perspectives From Syntactic Description and Theory5. Keith Plaster and Maria Polinsky: Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem6. Gabi Danon: The definiteness feature at the syntax-semantics interface7. Gergana Popova: Features in periphrastic constructions8. David Adger: A Minimalist theory of feature structurePart III: Formal Perspectives9. Ann Copestake and Dan Flickinger: Features and computational semantics10. Ivan A. Sag: Feature geometry and predictions of locality11. Geoffrey K. Pullum and Hans-Jorg Tiede: Inessential features and expressive power of descriptive metalanguages