Articles in the world's languages / Laura Becker.

Becker, Laura (Linguist) [Browse]
  • Berlin : De Gruyter, 2021.
  • ©2021
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  • Linguistische Arbeiten (Max Niemeyer Verlag) [More in this series]
  • Linguistische Arbeiten, 0344-6727 ; volume 577
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This study provides a systematic overview of articles and article systems in the world's languages using a sample of 104 languages. Articles can be classified into 10 types according to their referential functions: definite, anaphoric, weak definite, recognitional, indefinite, presentational, exclusive-specific, nonspecific, inclusive-specific, and referential articles. All 10 types are described in detail with examples from various languages of the world. The book also addresses crosslinguistic trends concerning the distribution and the development of different article types, and it proposes a typology of article systems. The aim of this study is to provide a general crosslinguistic overview concerning the attested properties and distributions of articles. It is geared towards readers with interests in language typology and the nominal domain, and it can serve as a point of reference for language-specific studies of articles or determiners.
Originally presented as author's thesis (doctoraal)--University of Leipzig, 2018.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-441) and index.
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  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Previous work
  • The present study
  • Objectives
  • In a nutshell
  • Data and methodology
  • Articles as a crosslinguistic category
  • The problem
  • Defining articles
  • Articles encode referential functions
  • Articles occur in the nominal domain
  • Articles are systematically distributed
  • Summary
  • Referentiality and types of articles
  • Referentiality
  • The discourse situation
  • Identifiability, definiteness, and indefiniteness
  • The referential functions
  • Deictic
  • Anaphoric
  • Recognitional
  • Establishing
  • Situationally unique
  • Contextually unique
  • Bridging
  • Absolutely unique
  • Specific
  • Nonspecific
  • Defining the article types
  • Articles in the definite domain
  • Articles in the indefinite domain
  • Domain-crossing articles
  • Referential functions, article types, and referential hierarchies
  • Referential functions and article types distinguished in the present study
  • Referential scales
  • Pragmatic (strong) and semantic (weak) definiteness
  • The distinction between articles and related markers
  • Demonstratives and articles in the definite domain
  • Possessives and definite articles
  • Udmurt
  • Amharic
  • Indonesian
  • The numeral 'one' and articles in the indefinite domain
  • Negative polarity items and nonspecific articles
  • Definite articles
  • Kaqchikel
  • Mokpe
  • Definite articles with deictic referents
  • Definite articles with absolutely unique referents
  • Definite articles with proper nouns
  • Anaphoric articles
  • Limbum
  • Komnzo
  • Akan
  • Anaphoric articles with establishing and recognitional referents
  • Weak definite articles
  • Fering and German
  • Hausa
  • Lakota
  • Urama
  • Ma'di
  • Recognitional articles
  • Oksapmin
  • Lavukaleve
  • Bininj Kun-Wok
  • Yankunytjatjara
  • Gooniyandi
  • Recognitional articles : summary and outlook
  • Indefinite articles
  • Tz'utujil
  • Sri Lanka Malay
  • Bonan
  • Presentational articles
  • Lango
  • Bilua
  • Chatino
  • Kashibo-Kakataibo
  • Presentational articles and the development of Num 'Art : Indef
  • Exclusive-specific articles
  • Biak
  • Palula
  • Nonspecific articles
  • Ayoreo
  • Tongan
  • On the source of nonspecific articles
  • Inclusive-specific articles
  • Bemba
  • Tongan : evidence for a weak inclusive-specific article?
  • Referential articles
  • Rapa Nui
  • Baure
  • Halkomelem
  • Articles : crosslinguistic trends and variation
  • Overall distribution of the 10 article types
  • Areal trends
  • The absence of generic articles
  • Referential scales : evidence from articles
  • A refined referential scale
  • The distribution of articles along the referential scale
  • A typology of articles
  • Results of the present study
  • A comparison with Dryer's typology
  • Article systems
  • Dependencies between articles
  • Weak definite and anaphoric articles
  • Nonspecific and specific articles
  • Functional overlap of articles in the definite domain
  • Functional overlap of articles in the indefinite domain
  • Tepehua
  • Basque
  • Maori
  • A typology of article systems
  • Article systems marking the definite domain
  • Article systems marking the indefinite domain
  • Article systems marking the definite and the indefinite domain
  • Article systems with functional overlap
  • The crosslinguistic distribution of article systems
  • Evidence for a definite and an indefinite domain
  • Conclusions
  • Main findings
  • Article types
  • Articles and discourse prominence
  • Future research
  • Language Index
  • Bibliography.
  • 9783110724424 (electronic bk.)
  • 3110724421 (electronic bk.)
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