Possible and Probable Languages by Frederick J. Newmeyer
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Possible and Probable Languages
By Frederick J. Newmeyer

Possible and Probable Languages

A Generative Perspective on Linguistic Typology

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Possible and Probable Languages by Frederick J. Newmeyer

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In this important and pioneering book Frederick Newmeyer takes on the question of language variety. He considers why some language types are impossible and why some grammatical features are more common than others. The task of trying to explain typological variation among languages has been mainly undertaken by functionally-oriented linguists. Generative grammarians entering the field of typology in the 1980s put forward the idea that cross-linguistic differences could be explained by linguistic parameters within Universal Grammar, whose operation might vary from language to language. Unfortunately, this way of looking at variation turned out to be much less successful than had been hoped for. Professor Newmeyer's alternative to parameters combines leading ideas from functionalist and formalist approaches which in the past have been considered incompatible. He throws fresh light on language typology and variation, and provides new insights into the principles of Universal The book is written in a clear, readable style and will be readily understood by anyone with a couple of years' study of linguistics. It will interest a wide range of scholars and students of language, including typologists, historical linguists, and theorists of every shade.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199274338
ISBN-10: 0199274339
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 22mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Measuring Grammatical Complexity by Frederick J. Newmeyer Measuring Grammatical Complexity, Hardback (November 2014)

This book examines the question of whether languages can differ in grammatical complexity and, if so, how relative complexity differences might be measured. Chapters approach the question from the point of view of formal grammatical theory, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics, and take phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics into account

Possible and Probable Languages by Frederick J. Newmeyer Possible and Probable Languages, Paperback (October 2005)

Seeks to explain the variety of languages. This book combines the leading ideas of the functionalist and formalist approaches to linguistic typology, advocating principles of Universal Grammar to explain why some language types are impossible, and functional principles to explain why some grammatical features are more common than others.

Generative Linguistics by Frederick J. Newmeyer Generative Linguistics, Paperback (July 1997)

Written by one of America's most prominent linguists the essays in Generative Linguistics provide a challenging reappraisal of the 'Chomskyan Revolution' - the implications of which are being debated some three decades on.

Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey: Volume 1, Linguistic Theory: Foundations by Frederick J. Newmeyer Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey: Volume 1, Linguistic Theory: Foundations, Paperback (July 1989)

An introduction to the field of linguistics, from syntactic theory to ethnography of speaking, from signed language to the mental lexicon, from language acquisition to discourse analysis.

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Author Biography - Frederick J. Newmeyer

Frederick J. Newmeyer is Howard and Frances Nostrand Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle where he has taught since 1969. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Linguistic Society of America from 1989 to 1993 and its President in 2002. He specializes in syntax and the history of linguistics and in his current research program seeks to synthesize the results of formal and functional linguistics. He is the author of the books English Aspectual Verbs (1975), Linguistic Theory in America (1980), Grammatical Theory: Its Limits and its Possibilities (1983), The Politics of Linguistics (1986), Generative Linguistics: Historical Perspective (1996), and Language Form and Language Function (1998). He was also editor of the four-volume compilation Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey (1988).

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