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Matthias Passer’s research focuses on nominal classification systems. These are used as a grammatical device for categorising nouns and their referents with respect to their semantic characteristics, stem-forming morphemes or phonological shape. A common hypothesis states that one type of nominal system, known as a classifier system may undergo grammaticalisation and turn into a concordial class system. As this process has not been documented in any real world languages, Passer studies a sample of forty languages to investigate how likely this phenomenon is to occur.

Event details of Typology and diachrony of nominal classification
Date 15 December 2016
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
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M.B.  Passer: The Typology and Diachrony of Nominal Classification.


Prof. H.H. Zeijlstra

Prof. P.C. Hengeveld



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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam