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Grammatical resources and linguistic complexity: Sirionó as a language without NP coordination
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8914-7129
2008 (English)In: Language Complexity: Typology, contact, change, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia , 2008Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The paper discusses the relationship between cross-linguistic differences in grammatical resources and linguistic complexity. It is claimed that Sirionó (Tupí-Guaraní) lacks syntactic coordination as in English John and Mary are asleep. Instead, Sirionó employs a number of different strategies – the ‘with’ strategy, the list strategy, and the ‘also’ strategy – to make up for this. It is argued that one or more of these strategies may serve as a diachronic source of syntactic coordination. The development of syntactic coordination in a language exemplifies condensation processes in grammaticalization and increases complexity in the sense that a certain type of complex syntactic structure is introduced, and makes it possible to express in one syntactic unit what previously needed two or more.

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John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia , 2008.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-16850ISBN: 978 90 272 3104 8OAI: diva2:183370
Available from: 2008-12-29 Created: 2008-12-29 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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