Article ID: CBB001450842

The Place of Classifiers in the History of Linguistics (2014)


This article examines the approaches to classifiers within the Western tradition, ranging from the earliest accounts of the languages of Mesoamerica and East Asia from the 16th-17th centuries to ongoing discussions regarding their semantic motivation and functionality. I show that in spite of the limited attention they attracted before the 1970s, classifiers have played an important role in discussions concerning such notions as the functions of grammatical categories, the distinction between grammar and lexicon as well as the cognitive and cultural correlates of linguistic structure. In addition, I attribute common assumptions about classifiers to projections of typical properties of grammatical gender and, more generally, semantic and morphosyntactic properties of non-classifier languages. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Authors & Contributors
Saraiva, Luís
Jami, Catherine
Feola, Vittoria
Cunningham, Andrew
Hoppe, Brigitte
Stedall, Jacqueline Anne
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Historia Mathematica
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Historiographia Linguistica: International Journal for the History of the Language Sciences
World Scientific
Franco Angeli
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Rutgers University
Palgrave Macmillan
Linguistics; philology
Discipline formation
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Travel; exploration
Science and culture
Haller, Albrecht von
Harvey, William
Fernel, Jean François
Harriot, Thomas
Suárez de Figueroa, Christóval
Vigenère, Blaise de
East Asia
17th century
16th century
18th century
Early modern
19th century
15th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
British East India Company

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