A Typology of Noun Categorization Devices
By (author) Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
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Classifiers by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Book DescriptionAlmost all languages have some ways of categorizing nouns. Languages of South-East Asia have classifiers used with numerals, while most Indo-European languages have two or three genders. They can have a similar meaning and one can develop from the other. This book provides a comprehensive and original analysis of noun categorization devices all over the world. It will interest typologists, those working in the fields of morphosyntactic variation and lexical semantics, as well as anthropologists and all other scholars interested in the mechanisms of human cognition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199264667
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book explores the expression of information source, inferences, assumptions, probability and possibility, and gradations of doubt and beliefs across a wide range of languages in different cultural settings. Like others in the series it will interest both linguists and linguistically-minded anthropologists.
Languages of the Amazon, Paperback (February 2015)
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Possession and Ownership, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Linguists and anthropologists explore the intriguing variety of possessive phrases denoting ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations across a wide range of languages. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be equally valued in linguistics and anthropology.
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Author Biography - Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Alexandra Aikhenvald is Professor of Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR 1980-89, and Professor of Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, until 1994
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