Introduction to Typology: The Unity and Diversity of Language

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SAGE, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 323 pages
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Ideal in introductory courses dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic analysis, Introduction to Typology overviews the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages. Framed in a typological perspective, the constant concern of this primary text is to underscore the similarities and differences which underlie the vast array of human languages.
 

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Contents

A Brief History of Typology
18
Issues of Method and Explanation
30
Basic Categories
54
Constituent Order Universals
79
Determining Basic Constituent Order
96
Morphological Typology
111
Morphological Typology
127
Encoding Relational and Semantic Properties of Nominals
149
Tense and Aspect
203
Mood and Negation
219
Morphosyntax of Speech Acts
233
Subordination
247
Coordination and Cosubordination
267
Glossary
281
References
293
Index
305

Animacy Definiteness and Gender
170
Valence
183
About the Author
323
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