200837Re: Type 3 Incorporation
- Feb 3, 2014Note, though, that ASL classifiers are probably a closed class (at least going by the fact that they are in spoken languages), whereas Type 3 incorporation is fully productive.
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On 3 Feb 2014 19:20:11, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <tsela.cg@...> wrote: On 3 February 2014 08:52, Siva Kalyan <sivakalyan.princeton@...>wrote:
> Let me note that “definiteness” and “activation”(/“givenness”) aren’t
> 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.
Very true. I should have made clear that this form of incorporation is like
*one* of the uses of definiteness in English.
> It does look like ASL classifiers! (I knew I had heard of some sort of
> “semantically specific pronouns” before, but wasn’t sure where….)
I wonder if the parallel has ever been made before. So far, ASL classifiers
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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