Zero and nothing in Jarrawara

Dixon, R.M.W. (2009) Zero and nothing in Jarrawara. In: Helmbrecht, Johannes, Nishina, Yoko, Shin, Yong-Min, Skopeteas, Stavros, and Verhoeven, Elisabeth, (eds.) Form and Function in Language Research: papers in honour of Christian Lehmann. Mouton de Gruyter , Berlin, pp. 125-137.

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Abstract

The analytic device called "zero" in modem linguistics has its origin in Panini's analysis of Sanskrit. He uses the term lopa to describe a blank in a grammatical pattern. "This blank or lopa is in several places treated as having a real existence and rules are made applicable to it, in the same way as any ordinary substitute that has an apparent form" (Vasu 1891, 1: 56). Bloomfield (1933: 209) applies this idea to English and suggests that, in sheep, "the plural-suffix is replaced by zero - that is, by nothing at all."

Item ID: 9174
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: languages; cultures; minority languages
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ISBN: 978-3-11-021612-7
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 01:58
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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