Paradigm Change

Paradigm Change

In the Transeurasian Languages and Beyond

eBook - 2014
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The paper reviews the data concerning the nominal inflectional morphology in the chain of languages comprising Uralic, Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Koreanic and Japonic, collectively termed "Ural-Altaic". Although nominal morphology has traditionally been quoted in support of the hypothesis concerning the genetic relationship of these languages, a more detailed survey of the data shows that the extant parallels are in various ways secondary and/or accidental. This suggests that Ural-Altaic is an areal and typological complex of languages, but not a genetic entity. On the other hand, it is also evident that much of the synchronically observed nominal morphology in the languages of this complex is relatively recent. The only examples of potentially relevant inter-family morphological parallels can be found between Mongolic and Tungusic.
Publisher: Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9789027269737
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (365 pages)
Additional Contributors: Bisang, Walter
ProQuest (Firm)


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