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The Variety of Grammatical Relations

John M. Anderson

in Modern Grammars of Case

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199297078
eISBN:
9780191711404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297078.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter focuses on grammatical relations. The very doubtful status of various kinds of ‘objects’ is recognized. Moreover, subjecthood, as traditionally understood, is not universal. Subjecthood ... More


Possession and also ownership—vignettes

R. M. W. Dixon

in Possession and Ownership

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199660223
eISBN:
9780191745096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660223.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter has three parts. There is discussion of languages which do not have a verb ‘have’ but instead use just comitative (‘with’) and privative (‘without’) markers, or a possessive form; for ... More


What Dyirbal uses instead of commands

R. M. W. Dixon

in Commands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780198803225
eISBN:
9780191841415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803225.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

Dyirbal has verbal inflections which have been referred to as ‘positive imperative’ and ‘negative imperative’. However, their meanings and functions extend far beyond these traditional labels. Their ... More


What are Linguistic Genders good for?

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in How Gender Shapes the World

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198723752
eISBN:
9780191791093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723752.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

Linguistic Genders impose a way of speaking on men and women. The Natural Gender of a speaker of Modern Hebrew, Russian, Modern Greek, and many other languages with pervasive gender agreement is ... More


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


The non-visible marker in Dyirbal

R. M. W. Dixon

in The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780198701316
eISBN:
9780191770593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701316.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

In the Dyirbal language community of north-east Australia there was a requirement of being at all times maximally specific. In keeping with the need for precision, there is a set of grammatical ... More


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