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Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals

Haspelmath, Martin

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      <creatorName>Haspelmath, Martin</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology</affiliation>
    <title>Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals</title>
    <subject>word-classes, Chamorro</subject>
    <date dateType="Issued">2012-04-25</date>
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    <rights rightsURI="">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International</rights>
    <rights rightsURI="info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess">Open Access</rights>
    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;This paper discusses Sandra Chung&amp;#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&amp;#39;s argument that Chamorro&amp;#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).&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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