200836Re: Type 3 Incorporation
- Feb 3, 2014On 3 February 2014 08:52, Siva Kalyan <sivakalyan.princeton@...>wrote:
> Let me note that “definiteness” and “activation”(/“givenness”) aren’tVery true. I should have made clear that this form of incorporation is like
> quite the same thing. An active referent is (IIRC) necessarily expressed by
> a definite nominal, but definite nominals can designate an inactive (“new”)
> referent. See work by Wallace Chafe for more info.
*one* of the uses of definiteness in English.
>I wonder if the parallel has ever been made before. So far, ASL classifiers
> It does look like ASL classifiers! (I knew I had heard of some sort of
> “semantically specific pronouns” before, but wasn’t sure where….)
have always been described to me as this kind of alien pronoun-like thing
that's completely different from anything found in spoken languages. It
would be funny to find some feature of spoken languages that would actually
be similar enough to them to be comparable :).
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