The Diachrony of Classification Systems

| Aarhus University
| Leiden University and Kazan Federal University
ISBN 9789027200679 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264138 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and conventions
Søren Wichmann
The semantic reduction of the noun universe and the diachrony of nominal classification
Frank Seifart
Niger-Congo numeral classifiers in a diachronic perspective
Roland Kießling
Semantic generalization in Ch’orti’ Mayan numeral classifiers
Kerry Hull
Diachronic and synchronic aspects of the simplification of grammatical gender in an obsolescent language: The case of Irish
Alessio S. Frenda
Numeral classifier systems in the Araxes-Iran linguistic area
Donald Stilo
The diachrony of Oceanic possessive classifiers
Frank Lichtenberk
Development and diffusion of classifier systems in Southwestern Amazonia
Hein van der Voort
Nominal and verbal classification: A comparative perspective
Walter Bisang
The diachrony of inflectional classes in four Germanic languages: What happens after transparency is lost?
Antje Dammel and Sebastian Kürschner
The history of verb classification in Nyulnyulan languages
William B. McGregor
Author index
Language index
Subject index
“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.”
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018003530 | Marc record