Semantic categories in the indigenous languages of Brazil
Kees Hengeveld | University of Amsterdam
Maria Luiza Braga | Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Elisiene de Melo Barbosa | Universidade Estadual Paulista
This article investigates which semantic categories, as defined in Functional Discourse Grammar, formally manifest themselves in a sample of native languages of Brazil, and the extent to which the distribution of these manifestations across categories can be described systematically in terms of implicational hierarchies. The areas subjected to investigation are basic interrogative words, basic demonstrative words, and nominalization strategies.
Published online: 16 March 2012