publication . Article . 2018

Transparent and non-transparent languages

Hengeveld, Kees; Leufkens, Sterre;
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  • Published: 29 Mar 2018 Journal: Folia Linguistica, volume 52, pages 139-175 (issn: 0165-4004, eissn: 1614-7308, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
  • Country: Netherlands
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Languages differ widely from one another in the extent to which they are transparent, i.e. obey one-to-one relationships between meaning and form. Transparency, in turn, is an important factor in the learnability of languages. This paper first sets out a framework for the study of transparency and subsequently studies cross-linguistic differences in transparency, using the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar as its point of departure. Transparent and non-transparent features of languages are systematically defined using the multi-level architecture of this model of language, representing them as mappings between and w...
free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Ranking, Transparency (graphic), Architecture, Typology, Sociology, Linguistics, Learnability, Functional discourse grammar, Hierarchy, Point of departure, transparency
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