New book published: 'Basic Linguistic Theory', R M W Dixon
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R. M. W. Dixon, Basic Linguistic Theory
Vol 1: Methodology, xvi, 381 pp.
Vol 2: Grammatical topics, xvii, 489 pp.
Each volume AUD $65 paperback (also available in hardback).
Described by the publisher, Oxford University Press as follows:
'Basic Linguistic Theory is the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's thinking about every manifestation of language and linguistic fieldwork. It is a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate students of linguistics,, as well as for those in neighbouring disciplines sch as psychology and anthropology.'
N. J. Enfield, Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen:
'Destined to be a modern classic.'
Lise M. Dobrin, University of Virginia:
'A refreshingly common-sense approach to linguistic analysis.'
Martin Haspelemath, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig:
'A monumental achievement. Virtually without precedent in the field of linguistics'.
Contents of Volume 1 — Methodology
1 Basics 1
2 Principles to follow 77
3 Grammar overview 127
4 Analysis, argumentation and explanation 245
5 Terminology 287
6 Doing typology 325
7 Phonology 354
8 Lexicon 388
9 Field linguistics 415
Contents of Volume 2 — Grammatical topics
10 Grammatical word and phonological word 1
11 Distinguishing noun and verb 51
12 The adjective class 85
13 Transitivity 156
14 Copula clauses and verbless clauses 215
15 Pronouns and demonstratives 253
16 Possession 348
17 Relative clause constructions 409
18 Complement clauses and complementation strategies 483
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> Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:35:02 -0500
> From: vfriedm at UCHICAGO.EDU
> Subject: Re: where > relativizer?
> To: LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG
> Macedonian /deka/, colloquial English 'where' (as in Did yoiu
> hear where the mayor said ...
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:55:46 +0100
> >From: Yaron Matras <yaron.matras at MANCHESTER.AC.UK>
> >Subject: Re: where > relativizer?
> >To: LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG
> >oh yes !!
> >Greek /pu/, Romani /kaj/, and southern dialectal German /wo/
> are just
> >a couple of examples out of many.
> >Quoting peterarkadiev <peterarkadiev at YANDEX.RU>:
> >> Dear colleagues,
> >> According to the dictionary of Lithuanian language
> >> (http://www.lkz.lt/startas.htm), the wh-word *kur*, whose
> >> meaning is 'where', can in some dialects be used as a general
> >> relativizer similar to English *that*. Cf. a nice example
> where this
> >> word is used both to form a question about location, and to
> >> relativize the subject:
> >> Kur tas piemuo, kur gano šitas kiaules?
> >> where that(NOM.SG) shepherd(NOM.SG) who pasture(PRS.3)
> >> 'Where is that shepherd, who (lit. where) pastures pigs?'
> >> I wonder whether this or similar kinds of polysemy are
> >> cross-linguistically.
> >> Thanks a lot!
> >> With best wishes,
> >> Peter Arkadiev
> >> Institute of Slavic Studies
> >> Moscow
> >Yaron Matras
> >Professor in Linguistics
> >School of Languages, Linguistics & Cultures
> >University of Manchester
> >Manchester M13 9PL, UK
> >Phone (direct): (00)44 (0)161 275 3975
> >Romani project: (00)44 (0)161 275 5999
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