Discourse principles in grammar: the thetic/categorical dichotomy

Schwarz, Anne (2010) Discourse principles in grammar: the thetic/categorical dichotomy. In: etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics (9), pp. 1-11. From: Tropics of the Imagination Conference, 2 - 3 November 2009, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] This paper deals with communication needs and grammar. For linguists discovering the grammatical systems of languages it is most exciting to find out in which respect the grammars of languages all over the world resemble each other and in which respect they differ, because this gives us further insights into the variety and basic principles of human communication and human language. Sometimes we find a common basis behind quite different grammatical disguises and the range of variation helps us to identify the shared core elements across the languages, as in the case I want to discuss here.

Item ID: 15740
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Gur language; thetic/categorical statement; grammar
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Refereed Proceedings of the Inaugural Tropics of the Imagination Conference

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ISSN: 1448-2940
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 00:38
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
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