Lexical Polycategoriality

Cross-linguistic, cross-theoretical and language acquisition approaches

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| CNRS & Université Paris Nanterre
| Université Paris Descartes & CNRS
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This book presents a collection of chapters on the nature, flexibility and acquisition of lexical categories. These long-debated issues are looked at anew by exploring the hypothesis of lexical polycategoriality –according to which lexical forms are not fully, or univocally, specified for lexical category– in a wide number of unrelated languages, and within different theoretical and methodological perspectives. Twenty languages are thoroughly analyzed. Apart from French, Arabic and Hebrew, the volume includes mostly understudied languages, spoken in New Guinea, Australia, New Caledonia, Amazonia, Meso- and North America. Resulting from a long-standing collaboration between leading international experts, this book brings under one cover new data analyses and results on word categories from the linguistic and acquisitional point of view. It will be of the utmost interest to researchers, teachers and graduate students in different fields of linguistics (morpho-syntax, semantics, typology), language acquisition, as well as psycholinguistics, cognition and anthropology.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 182]  2017.  xiii, 479 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
List of contributors
xi–xiii
Lexical Polycategoriality: Cross-linguistic, cross-theoretical and language acquisition approaches: An introduction
Valentina Vapnarsky and Edy Veneziano
1–31
Part I. Polycategoriality
33–97
The flexibility of the noun/verb distinction in the lexicon of Mandinka
Denis Creissels
35–57
Derivationally based homophony in French
Françoise Kerleroux
59–78
Categorial flexibility as an emergent phenomenon: A comparison of Arabic, Wolof, and French
Alain Kihm
79–97
Part II. Polycategoriality across Amerindian languages
99–203
Polycategoriality and hybridity across Mayan languages: Action nouns and ergative splits
Ximena Lois, Valentina Vapnarsky, Cédric Becquey and Aurore Monod Becquelin
101–153
Polycategoriality and zero derivation: Insights from Central Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo
Marianne Mithun
155–174
What determines constraints on the relationships between roots and lexical categories?: Evidence from Choctaw and Cherokee
Marcia Haag
175–203
Part III. Polycategoriality across Austronesian and Australian languages
205–271
Lexical and syntactic categories in Nêlêmwa (New Caledonia) and some other Austronesian languages: Fluid vs. rigid categoriality
Isabelle Bril
207–242
Two classes of verbs in Northern Australian languages: Implications for the typology of polycategoriality
Eva Schultze-Berndt
243–271
Part IV. Linguistic analysis in the light of acquisition data
273–377
The ontology of roots and the emergence of nouns and verbs in Kuikuro: Adult speech and children’s acquisition
Bruna Franchetto and Mara Santos
275–306
Flexibles and polyvalence in Ku Waru: A developmental perspective
Francesca Merlan and Alan Rumsey
307–341
Word class distinctiveness versus polycategoriality in Modern Hebrew: Typological and psycholinguistic perspectives
Ruth A. Berman
343–377
Part V. Lexical categories and polycategoriality in acquisition
379–466
Noun and Verb categories in acquisition: Evidence from fillers and inflectional morphology in French-acquiring children
Edy Veneziano
381–411
Semantic discrimination of Noun/Verb categories in French children aged 1;6 to 2;11
Christophe Parisse and Caroline Rossi
413–442
The acquisition of action nouns in Yucatec Maya
Barbara Pfeiler
443–466
Author index
467–471
Language index
473–474
Subject index
475–479
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017003697