A Cross-linguistic Typology
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Complementation by R. M. W. Dixon
Book DescriptionThis book explores the variety of types of complementation found across the languages of the world and their grammatical properties and meanings. It shows how languages differ in the grammatical properties of complement clauses and in the types of verbs which take them, and explores the complement strategies deployed by languages which lack a complement clause construction. The book includes detailed studies of particular languages, including Akkadian, Israeli, Jarawara, and Pennsylvania German. These are framed by R. M. W. Dixon's introduction, which sets out the range of issues, and his conclusion, which draws together the evidence and the arguments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199556663
(231mm x 157mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. M. W. Dixon
Are Some Languages Better Than Others?, Hardback (March 2016)
This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, the book outlines the essential and optional features of language, before concluding that the ideal language does not and probably never will exist.
Grammar of Knowledge, Paperback (March 2016)
This book explores the expression of information source, inferences, assumptions, probability and possibility, and gradations of doubt and beliefs across a wide range of languages in different cultural settings. Like others in the series it will interest both linguists and linguistically-minded anthropologists.
Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders, Hardback (June 2015)
This book builds on R. M. W. Dixon's most influential work on the languages of North Queensland. It brings together studies in the fields of phonology, syntax, language contact, and language attrition, illustrated with examples of the unusual and theoretically significant features of the languages studied.
Possession and Ownership, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by R. M. W. Dixon
Linguists and anthropologists explore the intriguing variety of possessive phrases denoting ownership of property, whole-part relations (such as body and plant parts), and blood and affinal kinship relations across a wide range of languages. Like others in the series this pioneering book will be equally valued in linguistics and anthropology.
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Author Biography - R. M. W. Dixon
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew (1990). She is a major authority on typological and areal features of South American languages, particularly of the Arawak family: Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker, who has since died), Warekena (1998), and Tariana (2003). Her monographs include Classifiers: a Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000, 2003), Language Contact in Amazonia (2002) and Evidentiality (2004), all published by OUP. She is currently working on a reference grammar of Manambu, from the Sepik area of New Guinea.
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