The Resource Impossible persons, Daniel Harbour

Impossible persons, Daniel Harbour

Label
Impossible persons
Title
Impossible persons
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Harbour
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • A groundbreaking, comprehensive formal theory of grammatical person that recasts its empirical foundations and re-envisions its theoretical core
  • "Impossible persons, Daniel Harbour's comprehensive and groundbreaking formal theory of grammatical person, upends understanding of a universal and ubiquitous grammatical category. Breaking with much past work, Harbour establishes three core theses, one empirical, one theoretical, and one metatheoretical. Together, these redefine the data subsumed under the rubric of "person," simplify the feature inventory that a theory of person must posit, and restructure the metatheory in which feature theory as a whole resides. At its heart, Impossible Persons poses a simple question of the possible versus the actual: in how many ways could languages configure their person systems, in how many do they configure them, and what explains the size and shape of the shortfall? Harbour's empirical thesis--that the primary object of study for persons are partitions, not syncretisms--transforms a sea of data into a categorical problem of the attested and the absent. Positing, innovatively, that features denote actions, not predicates, he shows that two features alone generate all and only the attested systems. This apparently poor inventory yields rich explanatory dividends, covering the morphological composition of person, its interaction with number, its connection to space, and properties of its semantics and linearization. Moreover, the core properties of this approach are shared with Harbour's earlier work on number features. Jointly, these results establish an important metatheoretical corollary concerning the balance between richness of feature semantics and restrictiveness of feature inventories. This corollary holds deep implications for how linguists should approach feature theory in future"--Publisher's website
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Harbour, Daniel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P240.85
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Linguistic inquiry monographs
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  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Semantics
  • Universal grammar
Label
Impossible persons, Daniel Harbour
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Publication
Copyright
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 312 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262336048
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MITCogNet)170015
  • (MITCogNet)170015
Label
Impossible persons, Daniel Harbour
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 312 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262336048
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MITCogNet)170015
  • (MITCogNet)170015

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