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Person by other means

Baerman, Matthew and Corbett, Greville (2013) Person by other means In: Languages Across Boundaries: Studies in Memory of Anna Siewierska. De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-3-11-033112-7

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Person is required in an account of the syntax and the morphology of many languages, while others lack it. Between these two types are languages where person lacks unique morphological exponents (suggesting it is not a morphosyntactic feature) but interacts systematically with the expression of other features (suggesting it is a feature). In particular in a range of languages, notably in the Nakh-Daghestanian and Tucanoan families, the expression of gender and person are intertwined. The recurring pattern is that a default form in the gender system (inanimate or neuter) also serves for first and second person. After careful examination, possible analyses without a person feature become less attractive. While these genuinely difficult systems may still lead us to posit a morphosyntactic person feature, we must recognize that its status is intriguingly different from that which is normally found.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Editors :
Bakker, D
Haspelmath, M
Date : 2013
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2017 08:44
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:13

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