Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 413 pages
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This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of the world's many underdocumented languages. It offers readers who work through it one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to help them address the key topics; and appendices offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars which readers might wish to consult. This will be a valuable resource to anyone engaged in linguistic fieldwork.
  

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Review: Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists

User Review  - Robert Murphy - Goodreads

Excellent reference book to introduce all the ways language can vary to students. The explanations are a little light lots of time, and there is some "school" specific terminology (I heard DJP's voice ... Read full review

Review: Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists

User Review  - Rasmus Puggaard - Goodreads

read this language description & linguistic fieldwork course. It's actually a far better introduction to morphosyntax than the one I read for my morphosyntax course [Kroeger] with more widespread language samples, better category description, and simply more engaging reading. Very recommended. Read full review

Contents

Demographic and ethnographic information
13
12 Ethnology
14
14 Genetic affiliation
15
17 Dialects
18
Morphological typology
20
21 Traditional morphological typology
27
22 Morphological processes
29
23 Headdependent marking
31
72 Functional explanations for groupings of S A and P
139
73 Split systems
144
74 Syntactic ergativity
162
75 Summary
166
Voice and valence adjusting operations
169
80 Valence and predicate calculus
174
81 Valence increasing operations
175
82 Valence decreasing operations
196

Grammatical categories
32
31 Nouns
33
32 Verbs
47
33 Modifiers
63
34 Adverbs
69
Constituent order typology
71
41 Constituent order in main clauses
76
42 Verb phrase
84
43 Noun phrase
86
45 Comparatives
88
46 Question particles and question words
89
47 Summary
90
Noun and nounphrase operations
92
52 Denominalization
94
53 Number
96
54 Case
100
55 Articles determiners and demonstratives
102
56 Possessors
104
57 Class including gender
107
58 Diminutionaugmentation
109
Predicate nominals and related constructions
111
61 Predicate nominals
114
62 Predicate adjectives attributive clauses
120
63 Predicate locatives
121
64 Existentials
123
65 Possessive clauses
126
66 Summary of predicate nominal and EPL relationships
127
Grammatical relations
129
71 Systems for grouping S A and P
133
Other verb and verbphrase operations
223
92 Compounding including incorporation
231
93 Tenseaspectmode
233
94 Locationdirection
248
95 Participant reference
250
96 Evidentiality validationality and mirativity
251
97 Miscellaneous
257
Pragmatically marked structures
261
101 The morphosyntax of focus contrast and topicalization
271
102 Negation
282
103 Nondeclarative speech acts
294
Clause combinations
306
111 Serial verbs
307
112 Complement clauses
313
113 Adverbial clauses
316
114 Clause chaining medial clauses and switch reference
321
115 Relative clauses
325
116 Coordination
336
Conclusions the language in use
342
121 Continuity cohesion and discontinuity
343
122 Genres
356
123 Miscellaneous and conclusions
362
Elicited and text data
366
Sample reference grammars
372
Notes
376
References
382
Index of languages language families and language areas
396
Subject index
402
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