publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

A Frequentist Explanation Of Some Universals Of Reflexive Marking

Haspelmath, Martin;
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  • Published: 13 Mar 2008
  • Publisher: Zenodo
This paper identifies a number of empirically observable universals of reflexive marking that concern the existence of a special reflexive pronoun and the length of the marker that is used in reflexive constructions, in various different positions of the nonreflexive or reflexive pronoun. Most of the proposed universals have been mentioned earlier in the literature, but they have not been very prominent because the literature on binding has focused on language-specific generalizations rather than identifying readily testable cross-linguistic generalizations. I argue that all of these universals have their basis in a frequency asymmetry: Under different circumsta...
free text keywords: reflexive pronoun, binding theory, grammatical universals, typology, reflexive, usage-based, frequency, Linguistics, Frequentist inference, Pronoun, Problem of universals, Reflexivity, Reflexive pronoun, Generalization, Computer science, lcsh:Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar, lcsh:P101-410
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