Auteur : Martin Haspelmath

Explaining special patient and agent marking: Is there a serious challenge to the theory of efficient coding? (A discussion of Chappell & Verstraete 2019)

Many languages have special patient marking when the patient is referentially prominent (definite, animate, or a personal pronoun), and special agent marking when the agent is non-prominent. Typologists have been aware of this since the 1970s (e.g. Silverstein 1976; Moravcsik … Continue reading

Ist gendern bio?

von Frans Plank, Universität Konstanz [This post continues the discussion of gender equality in German on this blog, begun by M. Haspelmath and J. Bayer] Wie jetzt bloß richtig gendern? – als ob sonst nichts los wäre, das ist Thema … Continue reading