I am planning to do a research paper in the definite articles of my dialect. Can anyone provide me with any framework that is suitable for analyzing the definite articles?

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    Can you give some more details on what you're going to do? You might want to look into formal semantics, I guess. Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 23:13
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    You need to be more specific. Irene Heim has written extensively on definiteness.
    – Alex B.
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 0:11
  • Here's a good article: plato.stanford.edu/entries/descriptions
    – Greg Lee
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 1:32
  • I want to discuss it from a syntax point of view. The articles we use in our langauge is a little pit different from the Standard ones.
    – dreamt
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 9:04

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I strongly recommend looking at systemic functional linguistics. SFL can offer a few different perspectives. At the syntax level, which SFL calls lexicogrammar, it would be useful to look at the use of the nominal group structure. At another level, which SFL calls discourse semantics, it would be useful to look at the system of reference e.g. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=9BqCtpYdeiwC&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=Systemic+Functional+Linguistics+tracking+definite+articles&source=bl&ots=2tfAH-_agz&sig=eIwNIcTpHcOqVgLegUT8bA1KvuI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3263w-rfLAhVXwWMKHRE6B9QQ6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=Systemic%20Functional%20Linguistics%20tracking%20definite%20articles&f=false

  • The page is not shown by G.... books, can you insert here a small summary of what it says? Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 9:10

For a starter, you may want to look at WALS http://wals.info/chapter/37 and references therein.

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