A semantic and pragmatic explanation of harmony

  title={A semantic and pragmatic explanation of harmony},
  author={Patrik Austin},
  journal={Acta Linguistica Hafniensia},
  pages={1 - 23}
  • Patrik Austin
  • Published 6 December 2021
  • Linguistics, Philosophy
  • Acta Linguistica Hafniensia
ABSTRACT This paper introduces a semantically and pragmatically oriented typological generalisation, which is named the orientation principle. It entails that the position of connectives, as defined as a single lexical category including adpositions and conjunctions, provides an explanatory principle for a number of harmonic correlations in crosslinguistic data. A reanalysis of the data guided by this insight is proposed as an alternative to processing approaches. 



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