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A view from the North: Genders and classifiers in Arawak languages of north-west Amazonia

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198842019
eISBN:
9780191878060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198842019.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

This chapter addresses the issue of coexistence of noun categorization devices within one language. Genders and other noun categorization devices—be they numeral classifiers, or other classifiers—are ... More


‘Me’, ‘us’, and ‘others’: Expressing the self in Arawak languages of South America, with a focus on Tariana

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198786658
eISBN:
9780191828966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786658.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The Arawak language family is the largest in South America in terms of its geographical spread, with over forty extant languages. Arawak languages are spoken in at least ten locations north of the ... More


Areal diffusion and the limits of grammaticalization: An Amazonian perspective

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198795841
eISBN:
9780191837036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795841.003.0016
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Families

Intensive contact brings about diffusion of grammatical categories. Grammaticalization of lexical items is one of the mechanisms at play as languages converge and new categories develop. In a ... More


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