A Cross-linguistic Typology
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Word by R. M. W. Dixon
Book DescriptionIn some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of scholars discuss the concept 'word' and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the parameters of variation for 'word'. The nine chapters that follow then study the character of 'word' in individual languages, including Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language. These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to refine our understanding of what can constitute a 'word'. An epilogue explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of 'word'. The book will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of morphology and phonology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521046053
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2007
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
R. M. W. Dixon is Director and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Director and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University.
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