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Approaches to Language Typology : Oxford Linguistics - Masayoshi Shibatani

Approaches to Language Typology

Oxford Linguistics

By: Masayoshi Shibatani (Editor), Theodora Bynon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780198238669
Number Of Pages: 400

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What do all languages have in common, and what gives each language its individuality? Language typology, which has developed in response to these fundamental questions, is concerned with the construction of theoretical frameworks capable of delimiting the range of possible human languages and of capturing constraints on cross-linguistic variation. Language typology is a major concern of all contemporary schools of linguistics, yet a coherent image of the field is difficult to form because of the diversity of theoretical orientations and practical methodologies. This collection brings together for the first time original contributions from major schools of typological research, from the Prague School to the Generative Grammar tradition. Leading scholars offer first-hand accounts of the theoretical foundations and substantive findings of their particular school of thought, clarifying basic assumptions which are often not explicitly stated in the literature. The collection as a whole provices both a survey of the place of individual typological schools in the historiography of the subject and a comprehensive account of the present state of language typology in an international context. It gives an overview of both the underlying unity of and the differences in the methods employed in the field.

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`This volume is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain a comprehensive view of what language typology is all about ... This volume is designed to provide the reader with a representative and reasonably comprehensive view of this extensive and variegated field so that readers can see for themselves what distinguishes the various approaches, as well as grasp what unifies them ... this volume should be found on the bookshelf of all serious students of typology. Not only do the papers themselves address substantive issues and make generally significant contributions to this domain, the reference section found at the end of each paper potentially open a whole world to the interested.' Eugene Casad, Notes on Linguistics 2.4 (1999)

1: Masayoshi Shibatani and Theodora Bynon: Approaches to Language Typology: A Conspectus 2: Paolo Ramat: Typological Comparison: Towards a Historical Perspective 3: Petr Sgall: Prague School Typology 4: William Croft: Modern Syntactic Typology 5: Joseph H. Greenberg: The Diachronic Typological Approach to Language 6: Gilbert Lazard: Typological Research on Actancy: The Paris RIVALC Group 7: Vladimir P. Nedjalkov and Viktor P. Litvinov: The St Petersburg/Leningrad Typology Group 8: Hansjakob Seiler: Cognitive-Conceptual Structure and Linguistic Encoding: Language Universals and Typology in the UNITYP Framework 9: Naoki Fukui: The Principles-and-Parameters Approach: A Comparative Syntax of Engish and Japanese

ISBN: 9780198238669
ISBN-10: 0198238665
Series: Oxford Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st February 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.57