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Palikur And The Typology Of Classifiers

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This chapter describes an unusual and complicated system of genders and classifiers in Palikur (North Arawak, Brazil and French Guiana). A brief sketch of the typological framework used for the analysis of noun classification devices is given. The chapter considers gender assignment and the principles of gender agreement. It analyzes numeral classifiers and considers verbal classifiers and their use with transitive and with stative verbs. An unusual type of classifier found on locative adpositions is described. The chapter also describes classifiers used to characterize the possessed noun in a possessive noun phrase. Finally, the properties of classifiers and genders in Palikur, in a typological perspective are evaluated.

Keywords: gender agreement; gender assignment; locative classifiers; noun classification devices; numeral classifiers; Palikur; verbal classifiers



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