By (author) Pieter Muysken
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Functional Categories by Pieter Muysken
Book DescriptionIn every language there are descriptive lexical elements, such as evening and whisper, as well as grammatical elements, such as the and -ing. The distinction between these two elements has proven useful in a number of domains, but what is covered by the terms, lexical and grammatical, and the basis on which the distinction is made, appear to vary according to the domain involved. This book analyses the grammatical elements ('functional categories') in language, a topic that has drawn considerable attention in linguistics, but has never been approached from an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective. Muysken considers functional categories from the perspective of grammar, language history, language contact and psychology (including child language and aphasia). Empirically based, the book examines the available converging evidence from these various disciplines, and draws on comparative data from a wide range of different languages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521619981
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pieter Muysken
Native Languages of South America, Hardback (March 2014)
Explores the history and structure of South American languages, combining insights from archaeology and genetics with innovative linguistic analysis.
Functional Categories, Hardback (May 2008)
An analysis of the grammatical elements ('functional categories') in language.
Bilingual Speech, Paperback (November 2005)
In depth analysis of different types of language-mixing among bilingual speakers.
One Speaker, Two Languages, Paperback (August 1995)» View all books by Pieter Muysken
The alternating use of languages by bilingual speakers in a social, grammatical, and psycholinguistic context.
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Author Biography - Pieter Muysken
Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.
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