Parts of Speech

Empirical and theoretical advances

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ISBN 9789027222558 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Parts of Speech are a central aspect of linguistic theory and analysis. Though a long-established tradition in Western linguistics and philosophy has assumed the validity of Parts of Speech in the study of language, there are still many questions left unanswered. For example, should Parts of Speech be treated as descriptive tools or are they to be considered universal constructs? Is it possible to come up with cross-linguistically valid formal categories, or are categories of language structure ultimately language-specific? Should they be defined semantically, syntactically, or otherwise? Do non-Indo-European languages reveal novel aspects of categorical assignment? This volume attempts to answer these and other fundamental questions for linguistic theory and its methodology by offering a range of contributions that spans diverse theoretical persuasions and contributes to our understanding of Parts of Speech with analyses of new data sets.

These articles were originally published in Studies in Language 32:3 (2008).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 25]  2010.  vi, 291 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Parts-of-Speech: Particulars, universals and theoretical constructs
Umberto Ansaldo, Jan Don and Roland Pfau
Word classes in sign languages: Criteria and classifications
Waldemar Schwager and Ulrike Zeshan
Roots, stems and word classes
Christian Lehmann
Precategoriality and syntax-based parts of speech: The case of Late Archaic Chinese
Walter Bisang
Covert word classes: Seeking your own syntax in Tukang Besi
Mark Donohue
Pragmatic factors in the development of a switch-adjective language: A case study of the Miyako-Hirara dialect of Ryukyuan
Yulia Koloskova and Toshio Ohori
The acquisition of syntactic categories in Jakarta Indonesian
David Gil
Possible phonological cues in categorial acquisition: Evidence from adult categorization
Jan Don and Marian Erkelens
Lexical semantic constraints on noun roots and noun borrowability
Lynn Nichols
Degree words, intensification, and word class distinctions in romance languages
Ventura Salazar-García
On flexible and rigid nouns
Jan Rijkhoff
Parts of speech and dependent clauses in Functional Discourse Grammar
Kees Hengeveld and Eva van Lier
Languag index
Subject index
“My evaluation of the volume is strongly positive. Besides the very high quality of every contribution, I particularly appreciated the continuity of the discussion in which the assorted parts fit well together: every essay is functional to and helps a better comprehension of the others. Even the order in which the papers have been presented helps the reader to follow the thread of discussion, despite the differences of topics and theoretical frameworks of the papers.”
“In sum, the book is an important contribution to the current debate on the PoS. It is highly recommended to scholars that have a specific interest in PoS research, and may be suggested to others. Furthermore, the link between PoS theory and historical linguistics makes the book (and, generally, the literature on PoS typology) a good buy for libraries interested in Indo-European and Semitic linguistics.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010030034