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The limits of a language

R. M. W. Dixon

in Are Some Languages Better than Others?

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198766810
eISBN:
9780191821066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766810.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

Each language has its areas of complexity. We find eight genders in one, fifteen cases in another, five past and three future tenses in another. Why should not every language include all of these? ... More


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