Flexible Word Classes: Typological studies of underspecified parts of speech

Hardcover | September 15, 2013

EditorJan Rijkhoff, Eva van Lier

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This book is the first major cross-linguistic study of "flexible words", i.e. words that cannot be classified in terms of the traditional lexical categories Verb, Noun, Adjective or Adverb. Flexible words can - without special morphosyntactic marking - serve in functions for which otherlanguages must employ members of two or more of the four traditional, "specialised' word classes. Thus, flexible words are underspecified for communicative functions like "predicating" (verbal function), "referring" (nominal function) or "modifying" (a function typically associated with adjectivesand e.g. manner adverbs).Even though linguists have been aware of flexible world classes for more than a century, the phenomenon has not played a role in the development of linguistic typology or modern grammatical theory. The current volume aims to address this gap by offering detailed studies on lexical word classes,investigating their properties and what it means for the grammar of a language to have such a word class. It includes new cross-linguistic studies of word class systems as well as original descriptive and theoretical contributions from authors with an expert knowledge of languages that have played -or should play - a role in the debate about flexible word classes, including Kharia, Riau Indonesian, Santali, Sri Lanka Malay, Lushootseed, Gooniyandi, and Late Archaic Chinese.

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This book is the first major cross-linguistic study of "flexible words", i.e. words that cannot be classified in terms of the traditional lexical categories Verb, Noun, Adjective or Adverb. Flexible words can - without special morphosyntactic marking - serve in functions for which otherlanguages must employ members of two or more of th...

Jan Rijkhoff is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Aarhus University in Denmark. His books include The Noun Phrase (OUP 2002) and, with co-editor Daniel Garcia Velasco, The Noun Phrase in Functional Discourse Grammar (Mouton de Gruyter 2008). He has published on numerous topics - including word classes - in various international jou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Eva van Lier and Jan Rijkhoff: Flexible Word Classes in Linguistic Typology and Grammatical Theory2. Kees Hengeveld: Parts-of-speech Systems as a Basic Typological Determinant3. Jan Don and Eva van Lier: Derivation and Categorization in Flexible and Differentiated Languages4. David Gil: Riau Indonesian: A language without nouns and verbs5. John Peterson: Parts of Speech in Kharia: A formal account6. Felix Rau: Proper Names, Predicates, and the Parts-of-speech System of Santali7. David Beck: Unidirectional Flexibility and the Noun-verb Distinction in Lushootseed8. William B. McGregor: Lexical Categories in Gooniyandi, Kimberley, Western Australia9. Sebastian Nordhoff: Jack-of-all-trades: The Sri Lanka Malay flexible adjective10. Walter Bisang: Word Class Systems Between Flexibility and Rigidity: An integrative approach