On the utility of the concepts of markedness and prototypes in understanding the development of morphological systems

In attempting to understand the history of the morphology of a language or group of languages, we occasionally face a problem of isomorphy, where two or more semantic categories evince the same formal marking. We then mu
In attempting to understand the history of the morphology of a language or group of languages, we occasionally face a problem of isomorphy, where two or more semantic categories evince the same formal marking. We then must decide which use of that particular form of marking is the oldest, and also determine the possible source and path of development of the marking. In languages with written documents of great time depth this is often not a problem, but in unwritten languages it can be quite difficult. This paper discusses two tools that can be used for this purpose: the concepts of markedness and prototypes.
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Author:Randy J. LaPolla
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1157905
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/19
Year of first Publication:1995
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/07/19
SWD-Keyword:Tibetobirmanische Sprachen ; Sinotibetische Sprachen
Source:http://victoria.linguistlist.org/~lapolla//rjlapolla/papers/mkpr.pdf ; (in:) Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology 66, 4, 1995, S. 1149-1185
HeBIS PPN:246710764
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Morphologie / Morphology
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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