Adjective classes: a cross-linguistic typology

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Robert M. W. Dixon, Aleksandra I︠U︡rʹevna Aĭkhenvalʹd
Oxford University Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 370 pages
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The studies in this volume suggest that every language has an adjective class, but these vary in character and in size. In its grammatical properties, an adjective class may beas similar to nouns, or to verbs, or to both, or to neither.ze. Whereas in some languages the adjective class is large and can be freely added to, in others it is small and closed. with just a dozen or so members. The book will interest scholars and advanced students of language typology and of the syntax and semantics of adjectives.

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Adjective Classes iN Typological Perspective i
1
InFlected and UniNFlected Adjectives iN Japanese
50
The Two Adjective Classes iN Manange
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R. M. W. Dixon is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and YidiSH), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press 1988), A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Principles (Oxford University Press 1991, revised edition in preparation), and The Jarawara language of southern Amazonia (Oxford UP 2004). His works on typological theory include Where have all the Adjectives Gone? and other Essays in Semantics and Syntax (1982) and Ergativity (1994). The rise and fall of languages (1997) expounded a punctuated equilibrium model for language development; this is the basis for his detailed case study Australian languages: their nature and development (2002). Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and has published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew (1990). She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker who has since died) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge University Press 2003), in addition to essays on various typological and areal features of South American languages. Her monographs, Classifiers: a typology of noun categorization devices (2000, paperback reissue 2003), and Language contact in Amazonia were both published by Oxford University Press.