[Lingtyp] Temporal features?
linjr at cc.au.dk
Wed Oct 3 08:35:44 UTC 2018
I lent my copy of Perkins’ book to a student and never got it back - so I cannot check the original text at the moment. I would say his overall conclusion was that complex cultures make fewer distinctions in the deictic domain than less complex cultures. Perkins also found, for example, a positive correlation between cultural complexity and the number of relativizable positions.
I seem to remember the book was considered to be politically incorrect at the time. My review of the book can be found in Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (1994), vol. 47-3.
Rijkhoff, Jan. 1994. Review of Revere D. Perkins (1992), Deixis, Grammar, and Culture (Typological Studies in Language 24), Amsterdam: Benjamins. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (STUF) 47-3, 230-233.
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On 02/10/2018, 20.56, ""Ekkehard König"" <koenig at zedat.fu-berlin.de> wrote:
what exactly is the nature of the dependence or correlation?
> Perkins (1992) investigated deictic distinctions in a sample of 49
> languages taken from different linguistic families and spoken in cultures
> of varying complexity (ranked on a scale of 5). The main hypothesis (which
> was generally confirmed in this study) is “that the number of
> grammaticized deictic distinctions (those likely to be coded by affixes
> and in closed grammatical classes such as personal pronouns) depend on the
> complexity of the culture where the language is spoken” (p. 7).
> Revere D. Perkins. 1992. Deixis, grammar, and culture (Typological Studies
> in Language 24). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
> Jan Rijkhoff
> J. Rijkhoff - Associate Professor
> Linguistics, Aarhus University
> Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, Building 1485-621
> DK-8000 Aarhus C, DENMARK
> Phone: (+45) 87162143
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