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Languages, Caucasian

Marina Chumakina

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Caucasian Languages Introduction Medieval Arab geographers called the Caucasus “a mountain of tongues.” Many diverse languages are spoken in th...

Construction Grammar

Mirjam Fried

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-03-27

Construction Grammar Introduction Construction Grammar was originally developed as a monotonic, constraint-based framework whose conceptual ba...

Coordination

Grant Goodall

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Coordination Introduction Coordination is a phenomenon in which two or more elements, known as “conjuncts,” are linked together, often with a ...

Ergativity

Jessica Coon, Maayan Adar

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-06-25

Ergativity Introduction Ergativity refers to a system of marking grammatical relations in which intransitive subjects pattern together with tr...

Metaphor

Mark Johnson

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Metaphor Introduction For nearly 2,500 years, since the time of Aristotle, scholars assumed that metaphor was simply a matter of language—case...

Penutian Languages

Anthony Grant

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Penutian Languages Introduction The Penutian language family (or Penutian hypothesis) is the largest genealogical linguistic grouping in weste...

Linguistics, Cognitive

Vyvyan Evans

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Cognitive Linguistics Introduction Cognitive linguistics is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of language, mind, and sociocultural exp...

Definiteness

Klaus von Heusinger

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Definiteness Introduction Definiteness is a semantic-pragmatic notion that is closely associated with the use of the definite article (or deter...

Sound Change

Joseph Salmons

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Sound Change Introduction Sound change is the usual name given to a subfield dedicated to how speech sounds become different over time, and it...

Linguistic Relativity

Peggy Li, David Barner

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Linguistic Relativity Introduction Linguistic relativity, sometimes called the Whorfian hypothesis, posits that properties of language affect t...

Mixed Languages

Peter Bakker

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-06-25

Mixed Languages Introduction The identification of a set of contact languages, many of which shared structural and social features that set th...

Reflexives and Reflexivity

Dana Cohen, Anne Zribi-Hertz

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Reflexives and Reflexivity Introduction The term reflexive is applied by traditional grammarians to an event or situation that “reflects” (“re...

Hmong-Mien Languages

David Mortensen

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Hmong-Mien Languages Introduction Hmong-Mien is a compact language family of East and Southeast Asia. Its speakers are found primarily in sout...

Eskimo-Aleut

Anna Berge

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Eskimo-Aleut Introduction The Eskimo-Aleut language family is spoken from the Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, across subarctic and ...

Mixe-Zoquean Languages

Søren Wichmann

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Mixe-Zoquean Languages Introduction Mixe-Zoquean languages are spoken in an area spanning the Mexican isthmus of Tehuantepec. One member of th...

Syncretism

Dunstan Brown

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Syncretism Introduction Syncretism is a term that describes a relationship between morphology and syntax, where the distinctions required by s...

Mass-Count Distinction

Alan Bale, David Barner

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Mass-Count Distinction Introduction The mass-count distinction is reflected in the syntax and semantics of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and quanti...

Negation

Laurence Horn

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Negation Introduction Absent from otherwise complex systems of animal communication, negation is a sine qua non of every human language, allowi...

Tone

Bert Remijsen

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Tone Introduction When the phonological form of a morpheme consistently gives rise to a specific pattern of fundamental frequency (f0), this mo...

Japanese Word Accent

Haruo Kubozono

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Japanese Word Accent Introduction Word accent is one of the most popular research topics in Japanese phonology and has contributed to the theo...

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