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The Emergence of Functions in Language

Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Marielle Butters


Why do grammatical systems of various languages express different meanings? Given that languages spoken in the same geographical area by people sharing similar social structure, occupations, and religious beliefs differ in the kinds of meaning expressed by the grammatical system, the answer to this question cannot invoke differences in geography, occupation, social and political structure, or religion. The present book aims to answer the main question through language internal analysis. This book offers a methodology to discover meaning in a way that is not based on inferences about reality. T ... More

Keywords: Cross-linguistic differences, meaning in grammar, emergence of meaning, metonymy, initial state, language contact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zygmunt Frajzyngier, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Colorado Boulder

Marielle Butters, author
PhD student, University of Colorado Boulder