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Agreement by Greville G. Corbett
Book DescriptionAgreement in language relates to the correspondence between words in a sentence, in terms of gender, case, person, or number. For example, in the sentence 'he runs', the suffix -s 'agrees' in number with the singular pronoun 'he'. Patterns of agreement vary dramatically cross-linguistically, with great diversity in the way it is expressed and the types of variation permitted. This clear introduction offers an insight into how agreement works, and how linguists have tried to account for it. Comparing examples from a range of languages, with radically different agreement systems, it demonstrates agreement at work in a variety of constructions. It shows how agreement is influenced by the conflicting effects of sentence structure and meaning, and highlights the oddities of agreement in English. The first textbook devoted to the cross-linguistic study of the topic, Agreement will be essential reading for all those studying the structure and mechanisms of natural languages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521001700
(247mm x 174mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Greville G. Corbett
Archi, Hardback (August 2016)
This book presents a detailed examination of the unusual agreement system of Archi, an endangered language spoken in southern Dagestan (Russia), from the perspective of three different syntactic theories: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, and Minimalism.
Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity, Hardback (March 2015)
This book aims to assess the nature of morphological complexity, and the properties that distinguish it from the complexity manifested in other components of language. Chapters highlight novel perspectives on conceptualizing morphological complexity, and offer concrete means for measuring, quantifying and analysing it.
Periphrasis, Hardback (December 2012)
Periphrasis is the phenomenon of a multiword syntactic sequence having the function of a single morphological form. It therefore straddles morphology and syntax. This volume presents new data and gives examples from diverse languages.
Canonical Morphology and Syntax, Hardback (November 2012)» View all books by Greville G. Corbett
This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed.
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Author Biography - Greville G. Corbett
Greville G. Corbett is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey.
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