The Diachrony of Classification Systems

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| Aarhus University
| Leiden University and Kazan Federal University
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Classification is a popular topic in typological, descriptive and theoretical linguistics. This volume is the first to deal specifically with the diachrony of linguistic systems of classification. It comprises original papers that examine the ways in which linguistic classification systems arise, change, and dissipate in both natural circumstances and in circumstances of attrition. The role of diffusion in such processes is explored, as well as the question of what can be diffused. The volume is not restricted to nominal systems of classification, but also includes papers dealing with the less well-known phenomenon of verbal classification. Languages from a wide spread of world regions are examined, including Africa, Amazonia, Australia, Eurasia, Oceania, and Mesoamerica. The volume will be of interest to linguistic typologists, descriptive linguists, historical linguists, and grammaticalization theorists.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 342]  2018.  xi, 362 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
Abbreviations and conventions
ix–xii
Introduction
Søren Wichmann
1–8
The semantic reduction of the noun universe and the diachrony of nominal classification
Frank Seifart
9–32
Niger-Congo numeral classifiers in a diachronic perspective
Roland Kießling
33–76
Semantic generalization in Ch’orti’ Mayan numeral classifiers
Kerry Hull
77–106
Diachronic and synchronic aspects of the simplification of grammatical gender in an obsolescent language: The case of Irish
Alessio S. Frenda
107–134
Numeral classifier systems in the Araxes-Iran linguistic area
Donald Stilo
135–164
The diachrony of Oceanic possessive classifiers
Frank Lichtenberk
165–200
Development and diffusion of classifier systems in Southwestern Amazonia
Hein van der Voort
201–240
Nominal and verbal classification: A comparative perspective
Walter Bisang
241–282
The diachrony of inflectional classes in four Germanic languages: What happens after transparency is lost?
Antje Dammel and Sebastian Kürschner
283–314
The history of verb classification in Nyulnyulan languages
William B. McGregor
315–352
Author index
353
Language index
355–358
Subject index
359–362
“This book is a very instructive source of data and theoretical discussion for linguists and scientists working on typology, historical evolution of language and grammaticalization.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018003530