Analysing positional relations among linguistic elements

Author : Joseph E. Grimes

Publication date : 1967

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Bibliographical references :

Grimes, Joseph E. "Positional Analysis". In Language, Vol. 43, No. 2, Part 1 (Jun., 1967), pp. 437-444. Linguistic Society of America.


This is a methodological guideline to help the linguist building tables when analysing a particular phenomenon, especially "the positionnal relations among linguistic elements which have fixed order related to each other (such as affixes) (Grimes, 1967: 437).

Protocol summary

"The following discussion of positional analysis of fixed order elements consists of three parts. The first gives a short-cut method for analyzing positional relations. The second part discusses connectivity matrices related to the short-cut method. The third part offers a critque of the methods proposed by Nida and Hays for positional analysis. The first part is immediately useful to the linguist; the other two may help him understand why it is useful".  (Grimes, 1967: 437)

Development context

This methodological guideline has been published in Language, Vol. 43, No. 2, Part 1 (Jun., 1967), by the Linguistic Society of America

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