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Evaluative morphology and noun classification: a cross-linguistic study of Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2499-8800
2013 (English)In: SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, ISSN 1336-782X, E-ISSN 1336-782X, Vol. 10, no 1, 114-136 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims at illustrating how, in languages with grammatical gender, this feature of noun morphology interacts with evaluative morphology. This is done on the basis of a sample of sixty-two African languages. The paper shows that interactions among gender and evaluative morphology are quite regular in the African languages. Two major types of interactions are found depending on whether a language hasa rich or a limited number of noun classes. The geographic diffusion and diachronic stability of these interactions are discussed. The correlation between gender and evaluation in the African languages has promising implications for our understanding of the two grammatical domains and fostersfurther research questions as to how common the relationships between these domains are cross-linguistically, and why they emerge in the first place.

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2013. Vol. 10, no 1, 114-136 p.
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gender, evaluative morphology, African languages, class shift, flexible gender, diachrony, synchrony
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87880OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-87880DiVA: diva2:607565
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Universals and Typology in Word-Formation II. Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia, August 26-28, 2012
Available from: 2013-02-25 Created: 2013-02-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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