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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": [
[
2012,
4,
25
]
]
},
"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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