Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem


Plaster, Keith, and Maria Polinsky. “Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem”. Features: Perspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics. Ed. Anna Kibort & Greville G Corbett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 109-42. Print.
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This chapter reanalyses noun classification in the Australian language Dyirbal. While earlier analyses have proposed intricate class assignment principles rooted in conceptual features, we argue that Dyirbal noun classification is sensitive to salient phonological cues and a small core of cross‐linguistically common semantic cues in keeping with other familiar noun classification systems.

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