Features: Perspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics by Anna Kibort,Greville G. Corbett

By Anna Kibort,Greville G. Corbett

This booklet offers a serious review of present paintings on linguistic positive aspects and establishes new bases for his or her use within the examine and figuring out of language.

Features are basic parts of linguistic description: they comprise gender (feminine, masculine, neuter); quantity (singular, plural, dual); individual (1st, 2d, 3rd); annoying (present, earlier, future); and case (nominative, accusative, genitive, ergative). regardless of their ubiquity and centrality in linguistic description, a lot is still came upon approximately them: there's, for instance, no available stock displaying which positive factors are present in which of the world's languages; there's no consensus approximately how they function throughout diversified elements of language; and there's no walk in the park approximately how they have interaction. This publication seeks instantly to focus on and to take on those difficulties. It brings jointly views from phonology to formal syntax and semantics, expounding using linguistic positive factors in typology, computing device purposes, and common sense. Linguists representing diversified standpoints spell out in actual fact the assumptions they create to other forms of characteristic and describe how they use them. Their contrasting contributions spotlight the components of distinction and the typical flooring among their views.

The ebook brings jointly unique paintings via prime overseas students. it's going to attract linguists of all theoretical persuasions.

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