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Grammatical typology and frequency analysis: Number availability and number use.

Corbett, GG, Brown, DP, Fedden, S, Hippisley, A and Marriott, P (2013) Grammatical typology and frequency analysis: Number availability and number use. Journal of Language Modelling 1.227-241, 1 (2). pp. 227-241.

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Abstract

The Smith-Stark hierarchy, a version of the Animacy Hierarchy, offers a typology of the cross-linguistic availability of number. The hierarchy predicts that the availability of number is not arbitrary. For any language, if the expression of plural is available to a noun, it is available to any noun of a semantic category further to the left of the hierarchy. In this article we move one step further by showing that the structure of the hierarchy can be observed in a statistical model of number use in Russian. We also investigate three co-variates: plural preference, pluralia tantum and irregularity effects; these account for an item's behaviour being different than that solely expected from its animacy position.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Corbett, GGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brown, DPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fedden, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hippisley, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marriott, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : 10.15398/jlm.v1i2.69
Additional Information : This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:26
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804942

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