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Gender by Greville G. Corbett
Book DescriptionGender is a fascinating category, central and pervasive in some languages and totally absent in others. In this new, comprehensive account of gender systems, over 200 languages are discussed, from English and Russian to Archi and Chichewa. Detailed analysis of individual languages provides clear illustrations of specific types of system. Gender distinction is often based on sex; sometimes this is only one criterion and the gender of nouns depends on other factors (thus 'house' is masculine in Russian, feminine in French and neuter in Tamil). Some languages have comparable distinctions such as human/non-human, animate/inanimate, where sex is irrelevant. No other textbook surveys gender across this range of languages. Gender will be invaluable both for class use and as a reference resource for students and researchers in linguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521338455
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1991
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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