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Title: The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking
Written By: Michael Cysouw
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

This book investigates paradigms of person - both independent pronouns as
well as bound person marking. Based on empirical and theoretical grounds,
the author argues that the notion 'number' has to be redefined to deal with
the cross-linguistic variation of person marking. Equipped with a new
definition, a typology of the paradigmatic structure of person marking is
presented, incorporating data from around 400 languages. Nothing appears to
be impossible for the paradigmatic structure, although some patterns are
clearly more probable than others are. Starting from the more commonly
occurring patterns, the diachronic dynamics of paradigmatic structure are
investigated by comparing close relatives that differ slightly in the
structure of their person paradigms.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199554269
ISBN-13: 9780199554263
Pages: 380
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