Actualization: Linguistic Change in Progress. Papers from a by Henning Andersen (Ed.)

By Henning Andersen (Ed.)

This choice of papers consolidates the remark that linguistic swap generally is actualized step-by-step: any structural innovation being brought, permitted, and generalized, through the years, in a single grammatical atmosphere after one other, in a development that may be understood by means of connection with the markedness values and the rating of the conditioning positive aspects. The creation to the quantity and a bankruptcy via Henning Andersen make clear the theoretical bases for this commentary, that's exemplified and mentioned in separate chapters via Kristin Bakken, Alexander Bergs and Dieter Stein, Vit Bubenik, Ulrich Busse, Marianne Mithun, Lene Schøsler, and John Charles Smith within the gentle of knowledge from the histories of Norwegian, English, Hindi, Northern Iroquoian, and Romance. a last bankruptcy by means of Michael Shapiro provides a philosophical point of view. The papers have been first offered in a workshop on “Actualization styles in Linguistic swap” on the XIV foreign convention on ancient Linguistics, Vancouver, B.C. in 1999.

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My second move exploits Hjelmslev's insight that "l'exclusion ne constitue qu'un cas spécial de la participation, et consiste en ceci que certaines cases du terme extensif ne sont pas remplies", that is, "exclusion is merely a special case of inclusion, in which certain of the unmarked term's areas of manifestation remain blank" (1939:87). This is what is illustrated in Figure 3. Note that this move logically presupposes the primacy of inclusion. Nothing in experience would motivate an analytic progression from a symmetrical, exclusive relation to an asymmetrical, exclusive one.

No mourners are admitted to the house [2]. Subsequently the coffin with her corpse is carried down from the house and rested on the west side of the house [10]. The coffin of the inauspicious decedent is then carried out and to the grave, head first [11]. The graves of the "bad dead" are dug running north to south [14], and the coffin is lowered into the grave headed north [16]. Unmarked Ceremony [1] inside [3] house [5] man [7] east [9] head [11] east—west [13] south [15] right [17] auspicious [19] Marked No ceremony [2] outside [4] forecourt [6] woman [8] west [10] feet, tail [12] north—south [14] north [16] left [18] ominous [20] Table 2.

This issue can be resolved only through an essentially lexicographic expedition through the current literature that would register the actual use to which the words marked, unmarked, and markedness are put and classify the words' referents. The outcome of such an undertaking would be useful as a purely descriptive stock-taking. It might perhaps be supplemented with judgements by a usage panel, in the style of the American Heritage Dictionary, which could establish what are customary (or appropriate), and what are unusual (or inappropriate) uses of these words according to the understanding of a representative sample of practicing linguists.

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