Person and number in pronouns

A feature-geometric analysis

Heidi B Harley, Elizabeth Ritter

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Abstract

The set of person and number features necessary to characterize the pronominal paradigms of the world's languages is highly constrained, and their interaction is demonstrably systematic. We develop a geometric representation of morphosyntactic features which provides a principled explanation for the observed restrictions on these paradigms. The organization of this geometry represents the grammaticalization of fundamental cognitive categories, such as reference, plurality, and taxonomy. We motivate the geometry through the analysis of pronoun paradigms in a broad range of genetically distinct languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-526
Number of pages45
JournalLanguage
Volume78
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002

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human being
mathematics
language
taxonomy
organization
interaction
Paradigm
Pronoun
Person
Language
Geometry
Morpho-syntactic Features
Plurality
Interaction
Grammaticalization
Pronominal
Fundamental
Taxonomy

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  • Linguistics and Language

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Person and number in pronouns : A feature-geometric analysis. / Harley, Heidi B; Ritter, Elizabeth.

In: Language, Vol. 78, No. 3, 09.2002, p. 482-526.

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Harley, HB & Ritter, E 2002, 'Person and number in pronouns: A feature-geometric analysis', Language, vol. 78, no. 3, pp. 482-526.
Harley, Heidi B ; Ritter, Elizabeth. / Person and number in pronouns : A feature-geometric analysis. In: Language. 2002 ; Vol. 78, No. 3. pp. 482-526.
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