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Single versus concurrent systems: nominal classification in Mian

Corbett, GG, Fedden, S and Finkel, R (2017) Single versus concurrent systems: nominal classification in Mian Linguistic Typology, 21.

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Abstract

The Papuan language Mian allows us to refine the typology of nominal classification. Mian has two candidate classification systems, differing completely in their formal realization but overlapping considerably in their semantics. To determine whether to analyse Mian as a single system or concurrent systems we adopt a canonical approach. Our criteria – orthogonality of the systems (we give a precise measure), semantic compositionality, morphosyntactic alignment, distribution across parts of speech, exponence and interaction with other features – point mainly to an analysis as concurrent systems. We thus improve our analysis of Mian and make progress with the typology of nominal classification.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Linguistics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Corbett, GGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fedden, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Finkel, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com
Uncontrolled Keywords : canonical typology, classifiers, concurrent systems, features, gender, Mian
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Nov 2016 15:55
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812954

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