Nominal Classification

A history of its study from the classical period to the present

| Adam Mickiewicz University
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This book offers the first comprehensive survey of the study of gender and classifiers throughout the history of Western linguistics. Based on an analysis of over 200 genetically and typologically diverse languages, the author shows that these seemingly arbitrary and redundant categories play in fact a central role in the lexicon, grammar and the organization of discourse. As a result, the often contradictory approaches to their functionality and semantic motivation encapsulate the evolving conceptions of such issues as cognitive and cultural correlates of linguistic structure, the diverse functions of grammatical categories, linguistic complexity, agreement phenomena and the interplay between lexicon and grammar. The combination of a typological and historiographic perspective adopted here allows the reader to appreciate the detail and insight of earlier, supposedly ‘prescientific’ accounts in light of the data now available and to examine contemporary discussions in the context of prevailing conceptions in the study of language at different points in its history since antiquity.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 121]  2013.  xiv, 405 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments
xi–xii
List of abbreviations
xiii–xv
1.Preliminaries
1–6
2. Nominal classification systems: An overview
7–58
3. From Protagoras to the philosophical grammars
59–116
4. From the ‘Romantics’ to the Neogrammarians
117–158
5. Structuralism
159–198
6. Contemporary studies of gender/noun classes
199–272
7. Contemporary studies of classifiers
273–320
8. Final discussion
321–336
References
337–380
Index
381–??
Index of biographical names
381–390
Index of subjects and terms
391–400
Language index
401–406
“[A] comprehensive work; the extensive discussion makes good use of the 44 pages of references that cover more than 200 languages. In other words, the book lives up to its subtitle by presenting a history of studies of nominal classification since the classical period. [...] This is a text that will be required reading for anyone researching one or another aspect of nominal classification.”
“[A] refreshing contribution to the field of nominal classification. Although framed as a historical work it also makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the typology of nominal classification [...]. In addition to the historical angle, what makes this book unique is its emphasis on the semantic motivations of categories and the functionality of nominal classification.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013036007