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Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals

Haspelmath, Martin

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1228715", 
  "container_title": "Theoretical Linguistics", 
  "title": "Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>This paper discusses Sandra Chung&#39;s claim (in the same journal) that Chamorro has the three major word-classes (lexical categories) noun, verb, adjective after all, despite earlier claims that it distinguishes between Class I and Class II words. I note that there are several different ways in which Chamorro major-class words can be classified, and that there is no a priori reason for favouring one over the others. Chung&#39;s argument that Chamorro&#39;s word-classes are like English word-classes thus runs the risk of ethnocentrism. While it is true that Chamorro can be seen to have the same word-classes as English, English could equally well be seen to have the two classes that were earlier posited for Chamorro (Class I and Class II).</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Haspelmath, Martin"
  "page": "91-102", 
  "volume": "38", 
  "version": "published version", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "1-2", 
  "id": "1228715"
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