Robert R. Ratcliffe

List of John Benjamins publications for which Robert R. Ratcliffe plays a role.


Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Historical linguistics | Morphology
Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Theoretical linguistics


The high degree of contradiction and incompatibility between two independently produced Afroasiatic comparative lexica (Ehret 1995, Orel & Stolbova 1995) calls into question the reliability of the comparative method at deep time depths. The discrepancy could only have arisen if one or both sources… read more
Ratcliffe, Robert R. 2011 A preliminary analysis of Arabic derived verbs in the Leeds Quran Corpus – With special reference to Stem III (CaaCaC)Corpus-based Analysis and Diachronic Linguistics, Kawaguchi, Yuji, Makoto Minegishi and Wolfgang Viereck (eds.), pp. 189–201 | Article
Ratcliffe, Robert R. 2005 Semi-Productivity and Valence Marking in Arabic: The So-Called “verbal themes”Corpus-Based Approaches to Sentence Structures, Takagaki, Toshihiro, Susumu Zaima, Yoichiro Tsuruga, Francisco Moreno-Fernández and Yuji Kawaguchi (eds.), pp. 179–190 | Article
The traditional classification of phonemic writing systems into three types — syllabaries, consonantal scripts, and alphabets — is based on a phonological theory which recognizes only the syllable and the segment as potential units of representation. It is argued here that an accurate typology of… read more