By Armin Schwegler

ISBN-10: 0899253326

ISBN-13: 9780899253329

The sequence is a platform for contributions of every kind to this speedily constructing box. basic difficulties are studied from the viewpoint of person languages, language households, language teams, or language samples. Conclusions are the results of a deepened learn of empirical information. precise emphasis is given to little-known languages, whose research might shed new gentle on long-standing difficulties ordinarily linguistics.

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35 It should also be pointed out that in the extensive literature on word criteria, cohesion has been used in a sense different from that intended here. Cohesion generally refers to the relative degree of interruptability between segments (as in Krámsky 1969). This criterion of tightness is largely independent of semantic considerations. g. , psychological compactness, between two or more segments. Used in this sense, cohesion has been involved in deciding the word status of certain compounds which are extremely difficult to analyze.

And what was to be considered "normal" speech. Consequently, their definition falls short of being operational even in the best of senses and cannot be considered an improvement over Bloomfield's concept of the word. Finally, the criterion of "minimum free form" calls for an observation of an entirely different sort which, while not invalidating it, nevertheless raises doubts about its value as cross-language word determiner. If occurrence in absolute position is to be our test, numerous French "words" are somehow less complete words than their Spanish or English counterparts.

This last point cannot be emphasized enough since the calculation of indices in typological work crucially depends on the application of uniform parameters. 2 What dictionaries of linguistics tell us Recent dictionaries of linguistics seem to be at great pains to define the word. While linguistic units such as the phoneme or morpheme give rise to little dis- 30 Analyticity and Syntheticity agreement, the same cannot be said of the word. ' (Crystal 1980:383) 'en linguistique structurale, la notion de mot est souvent évitée en raison de son manque de rigueur' (Dubois 1973:327) 'the word as a linguistic unit is ...

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