Form and Function in Language Research: Papers in Honour of by Johannes Helmbrecht, Stavros Skopeteas, Yong-Min Shin,

By Johannes Helmbrecht, Stavros Skopeteas, Yong-Min Shin, Elisabeth Verhoeven

Language description enriches linguistic idea and linguistic idea sharpens language description. in accordance with this assumption, the amount provides theoretical and empirical experiences that discover the explanatory energy of functional-typological linguistics for the research of the world's languages.

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In developing a weighing system for them, we will consider not only whether a given semantic dimension is present or not but also how exactly it is manifested in a paradigm. In particular, we will take into consideration the number of oppositions expressed within each dimension, their distribution within the paradigm and the major patterns of homophonies displayed by it. On the basis of these parameters we will quantify the degree of elaboration of each of the four dimensions within a paradigm.

This is shown in (33) on the basis of the independent person forms of the Papuan language Lavukaleve, in which there is a tripartite gender opposition in both the singular and dual, but no gender at all in the plural. (33) Lavukaleve10 (Terrill 2000: 156,159) SG DU PL 1EXCL ngai el e 1INCL mel me 2 inu imil imi 3M fona fonala fova 3F fo fol fova 3N foga fogala fova Weighing semantic distinctions in person forms 45 The preference for sex-based gender distinctions in the singular and restricted number categories as opposed to the non-restricted plural may be seen to follow from the increasing difficulty of establishing the gender of larger groups of individuals as compared to smaller ones.

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