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Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals

Haspelmath, Martin

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  <dc:creator>Haspelmath, Martin</dc:creator>
  <dc:description>This paper discusses Sandra Chung'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's argument that Chamorro'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).</dc:description>
  <dc:source>Theoretical Linguistics 38(1-2) 91-102</dc:source>
  <dc:subject>word-classes, Chamorro</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>Escaping ethnocentrism in the study of word-class universals</dc:title>
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