A semantic and pragmatic explanation of harmony
Patrik Austin
March 2022

This paper introduces a semantically and pragmatically oriented typological generalization, 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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Reference: lingbuzz/006379
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Published in: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia
keywords: syntax, universals, typology, processing, hawkins, branching, syntax, phonology, semantics, morphology, semantic representations, functional explanation, interface, tesniere, prague, systemic functional, set theory, logic of language, dryer, syntactic universals, typological universals, universal grammar, linearization, linear order, word order, chinese
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