By (author) Greville G. Corbett
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Number by Greville G. Corbett
Book DescriptionNumber is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is deceptively simple yet the number system which philosophers, logicians and many linguists take as the norm - namely the distinction between singular and plural (as in cat versus cats) - is only one of a wide range of possibilities to be found in languages around the world. Some languages, for instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or even five different values. Adopting a wide-ranging perspective, Greville Corbett draws on examples from many languages to analyse the possible systems of number. He reveals that the means for signalling number are remarkably varied and are put to a surprising range of special additional uses. By surveying some of the riches of the world's linguistic resources this book, first published in 2000, makes a major contribution to the typology of categories and demonstrates that languages are much more varied than is generally recognised.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521640169
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2000
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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