Noun categorization devices: a cross-linguistic perspective

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2019) Noun categorization devices: a cross-linguistic perspective. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., and Mihas, Elena I., (eds.) Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Explorations in Linguistic Typology . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-29.

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Abstract

A noun may refer to a man, a woman, an animal, or an inanimate object of varied shape, size, and function, or have abstract reference. Noun categorization devices vary in their expression, and the contexts in which they occur. Large sets of numeral classifiers in South-East Asian languages occur with number words and quantifying expressions. Small highly grammaticalized noun classes and gender systems in Indo-European and African languages, and the languages of the Americas are expressed with agreement markers on adjectives, demonstratives, and also on the noun itself. Further means include noun classifiers, classifiers in possessive constructions, verbal classifiers, and two lesser-known types: locative and deictic classifiers. This introductory chapter offers a general typological background, focusing on issues in noun categorization devices particularly relevant for this volume.

Item ID: 60947
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-884201-9
Keywords: gender, classifier, typological background, noun classifier, verbal classifier, possessive construction, locative classifier, deictic classifier
Copyright Information: © Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 2019. First published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 05:15
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 100%
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