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Title: Invariance, Markedness and Distinctive Feature Analysis. A Contrastive Study of Sign Systems in English and Hebrew
Written By: Tobin Yishai
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, III

This volume provides a new kind of contrastive analysis of two unrelated languages English and Hebrew based on the semiotic concepts of invariance, markedness and distinctive feature theory. It concentrates on linguistic forms and constructions which are remarkably different in each language despite the fact that they share the same familiar classifications and labels. Tobin demonstrates how and why traditional and modern syntactic categories such as grammatical number; verb tense, aspect, mood and voice; conditionals and interrogatives; etc., are not equivalent across languages. It is argued that these so-called universal concepts function differently in each language system because they belong to distinct language-specific semantic domains which are marked by different sets of semantic features.

Publication Year: 1995
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556195656
ISBN-13: 9781556195655
Pages: 402
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