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Parameter theory and motion predicates

William Snyder

in Telicity, Change, and State: A Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693498
eISBN:
9780191741715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693498.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

Talmy's (2000) verb-framed/satellite-framed typology is examined from the perspective of parameter theory. The objectives and methods of typology, versus parameter theory, are contrasted. The ... More


Language Diversity as a Resource for Understanding Cultural Evolution

Nicholas Evans

in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262019750
eISBN:
9780262318297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The study of linguistic diversity, and the factors driving change between language states, in different sociocultural contexts, arguably provides the best arena of human culture for the application ... More


Relabeling and the Typological Classification of Creoles

Claire Lefebvre

in Relabeling in Language Genesis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945290
eISBN:
9780190201203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

A version of this chapter (“The Problem of the Typological Classification of Creoles”) was first published as the Introduction to the edited work entitled Creoles, Their Substrates, and Language ... More


On the division of labor between roots and functional structure

Artemis Alexiadou and Terje Lohndal

in The Verbal Domain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767886
eISBN:
9780191821738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767886.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter argues that there is a typology of languages according to how much meaning a root encodes independently of its syntactic categorization. This typology is illustrated by an in-depth ... More


On the null-subject phenomenon

Federica Cognola

Jan Casalicchio (ed.)

in Null Subjects in Generative Grammar: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198815853
eISBN:
9780191853449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815853.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter offers an up-to-date discussion of the multiple issues raised by the null-subject phenomenon and the theoretical analyses put forth within Generative Grammar, situating the volume’s ... More


Transeurasian as a continuum of diffusion

Edward Vajda

in The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198804628
eISBN:
9780191842849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804628.003.0042
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

Intermingling of Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic speakers over many centuries left multiple overlapping layers of contact-induced language change in their wake. While the dynamics of pastoralist ... More


Cross-linguistic comparison of complexity measures in phonological systems

Steven Moran and Damián Blasi

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter explores from a typological perspective several absolute measures that have been used to quantify complexity of phonological systems. Most research in this area relies on claims about ... More


How German and French Children Express Voluntary Motion

Anne-Katharina Harr and Maya Hickmann

in The Construal of Spatial Meaning: Windows into Conceptual Space

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199641635
eISBN:
9780191760020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641635.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

A number of studies show that language-specific properties have an impact on speakers’ spatial representations. These findings have revived questions concerning the impact of general developmental vs ... More


The measurement of semantic complexity: how to get by if your language lacks generalized quantifiers

Lisa Matthewson

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter addresses the question of whether languages vary in their semantic complexity, through a comparison between English and St’át’imcets. Following Henry Davis, it argues that these ... More


Complexity in comparative syntax: the view from modern parametric theory

Theresa Biberauer, Anders Holmberg, Ian Roberts, and Michelle Sheehan

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The theory of principles and parameters offers a promising approach to the question of explanatory adequacy. It is less clear whether this approach offers a way of approaching questions of ... More


Competing Motivations in Grammar and Usage

Brian MacWhinney, Andrej Malchukov, and Edith Moravcsik (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198709848
eISBN:
9780191780158
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709848.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book examines the issue of competing motivations in grammar and language use. The term “competing motivations” refers to the conflicting factors that shape the content and form of grammatical ... More


Variation in Classifier Languages

Li Julie Jiang

in Nominal Arguments and Language Variation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190084165
eISBN:
9780190084202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190084165.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Chapter 5 develops a uniform account of bare nominal arguments (i.e., bare numeral classifier phrases, bare classifier phrases, bare nouns) in classifier languages. It achieves that by extending the ... More


Major contributions from formal linguistics to the complexity debate

John A. Hawkins

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter lays out the more general contributions made by formal linguistics to discussions of grammatical complexity. It also discusses some contributions that can be regarded as having been less ... More


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