project . 2015 - 2020 . Closed

FormGram

Form-frequency correspondences in grammar
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 670985 Call for proposal: ERC-2014-ADG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG Overall Budget: 1,772,620 EURFunder Contribution: 1,772,620 EUR
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Nov 2015
    End Date
    31 Oct 2020
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Description
This project will document and explain a substantial number of grammatical universals by demonstrating a link between cross-linguistic patterns of language form and general trends of language use. The claim is that frequently expressed meanings tend to be expressed by short forms, not only at the level of words, but also throughout the grammars of languages around the world (form-frequency correspondences). A simple example is the asymmetry in the coding of present-tense forms and future-tense forms in the world’s languages, as one out of a multitude of analogous cases: Present-tense forms tend to be short or zero-coded, while future-tense forms tend to be longe...
Description
This project will document and explain a substantial number of grammatical universals by demonstrating a link between cross-linguistic patterns of language form and general trends of language use. The claim is that frequently expressed meanings tend to be expressed by short forms, not only at the level of words, but also throughout the grammars of languages around the world (form-frequency correspondences). A simple example is the asymmetry in the coding of present-tense forms and future-tense forms in the world’s languages, as one out of a multitude of analogous cases: Present-tense forms tend to be short or zero-coded, while future-tense forms tend to be longe...
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