Article published in:The Interaction of Data, Description, and Theory in Linguistics: Functional perspectives
Edited by William B. McGregor
[Functions of Language 9:2] 2003
► pp. 209–237
On the interaction of Linguistic Typology and Functional Grammar
Research conducted within the wider theoretical framework of Dik’s Functional Grammar has resulted in important contributions to linguistic typology, and, vice versa, empirical facts from a wide variety of languages have significantly improved the theory of Functional Grammar, especially regarding its typological adequacy. This article discusses the following contributions to Linguistic Typology: the development of a sound sampling methodology, classification of noun categories (Seinsarten), an account of (so-called) number discord, the introduction of the new grammatical category of ‘nominal aspect’, a new typology of classifiers, and a universal concerning the occurrence of adjectives as a distinct word class. Conversely it will be shown that facts from many different languages have played an important role in the development of a layered model of the noun phrase in Functional Grammar and how currently these facts are used to test hypotheses concerning parallels between NPs and clauses.
Published online: 10 July 2003
Cited by 2 other publications
McGregor, William B.
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