Noun Classes and Categorization

Proceedings of a symposium on categorization and noun classification, Eugene, Oregon, October 1983

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This volume is about the nature of categories in cognition and the relevance of these in language description, especially classifier systems. The classical view of categories was that they were discrete and based upon clusters of properties which were inherent to the entities. In recent years this conception has been challenged in different fields. By now prototype theory has established itself as one of the main approaches in linguistics. This volume brings classifier systems to the attention of cognitive psychologists dealing with the phenomenon of human categorization. For the general linguist it shows what can be learned from classifier systems into any theory on the nature of language organization, it will challenge some of the most entrenched notions in the field of linguistics, notions of what language is made of and how it functions.
[Typological Studies in Language, 7]  1986.  vii, 481 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
Introduction
1
I. On Categorization
11
Classifiers as a Reflection of Mind
George Lakoff
13
Empirical Studies of Prototypes
Michael I. Posner
53
Components and Categorization
Barbara Tversky
63
Prototypes: Between Plato and Wittgenstein
T. Givón
77
II. Typological Variation of Classifier Systems
103
Noun Classes and Noun Classification in Typological Perspective
R.M.W. Dixon
105
Noun Classification in Yagua
Doris L. Payne
113
Graphemic classifiers in Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Mesopotamian Cuneiform
Noel Rude
133
Gender and Folk Taxonomy: The Indexical Relation Between Grammatical and Lexical Categorization
David A. Zubin and Klaus-Michael Köpcke
139
The Classifier System in American Sign Language
Ted Suppalla
181
III. Semantic Features of Classifiers
215
The Semantics of Noun Classes in Proto Bantu
J. Peter Denny and Chet A. Creider
217
Numeral Classifiers in Austroasiatic
Karen L. Adams
241
Jacaltec Noun Classifiers: A Study in Language and Culture
Colette G. Craig
263
IV. Semantic and Pragmatic Functions of Classifiers
295
The Semantic Role of Noun Classifiers
J. Peter Denny
297
Some Discourse Functions of Classifiers in Malay
Paul J. Hopper
309
The Figure a Classifier Makes: Describing a Particular Burmese Classifier
A.J. Becker
327
The Anaphoric Use of Classifiers in Japanese
Pamela A. Downing
345
V. History and Acquisition of Classifier Systems
377
The Convergence of Noun Classification Systems
Marianne Mithun
379
Taking Stock: The Development of Chinese Noun Classifiers Historically and in Young Children
Mary S. Erbaugh
399
Toward a History of Tai Classifier Systems
Scott DeLancey
437
Niger-Congo noun class and agreement systems in language acquisition and historical change
Katherine Demuth, Nicholas Faraclas and Lynell Marchese
453
Language Index
473
List of Contributors
479
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