LINGUIST List 30.1801

Sat Apr 27 2019

Qs: Matrices in Linguistics

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Date: 25-Apr-2019
From: David Denison <>
Subject: Matrices in Linguistics
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Randolph Quirk's 1965 paper on serial relationship (Language 41.2, 205-17) employed matrices with an array of pluses, minuses and sometimes question marks to display the relationship between items and properties.

Was he the first to use this device in discussion of grammar? And if Quirk was (one of) the first to use matrices like this, had there been earlier examples elsewhere in linguistics, for example feature matrices in phonology?

I'd be grateful for pointers to early uses. I can summarise to the list if of interest to others. Thanks.


Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

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