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Dependencies Between Grammatical Systems

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This chapter considers eight grammatical systems-Polarity, Tense, Aspect, Evidentiality, Person, Reference classification, Number and Case-and examines their co-occurrence within grammars. The authors gathered all the examples they could find of dependencies between the eight systems and examined the direction of dependencies. The chapter gives examples of all the dependencies that the authors have found. It first presents the eight systems that the authors consider, and then briefly mentions formal and functional markedness within systems. It also explains the idea of dependency and presents a hierarchy that summarises the dependencies. Finally the chapter suggests a rationale that underlies the hierarchy.

Keywords: evidentiality; grammatical systems; idea of dependency; polarity; reference classification; tense



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