Published July 18, 2003 | Version v1
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The geometry of grammatical meaning: Semantic maps and cross-linguistic comparison

  • 1. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


Grammatical forms often appear to have multiple functions or meanings, in a way that differs strikingly across languages, although there are also clear similarities. The semantic-map method has been proposed to summarize similarities and differences between languages in the way they code grammatical meanings, and this paper provides an authoritative overview of the method.



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