Referential density in discourse and syntactic typology

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Narrative production experiments reveal systematic crosslinguistic differences in the preferred ratio of overt to possible argumental NPs (called here the REFERENTIAL DENSITY value) between three pro-drop languages of the Himalayas (Belhare, Maithili, Nepali). These differences can be accounted for by the degree to which morphosyntactic features of NPs… (More)

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