[Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology

Balthasar Bickel balthasar.bickel at uzh.ch
Tue Jul 5 02:12:12 EDT 2016


> On 05 Jul 2016, at 07:30, David Gil <gil at shh.mpg.de> wrote:
>  I would say that one of the major contributions of Amerindian languages to linguistic typology, via the so-called polysynthetic languages, is precisely the challenge that they pose to the traditional notion of word, as discussed in recent work by Martin and others.

Indeed, and challenges can be met, but you obviously need a more refined analytical apparatus than a traditional notion of word. See the forthcoming volume that Marianne pointed to. That should not be remarkable at all, certainly not among typologists...

Balthasar.


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