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Books: Theoretical Linguistics

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  1. Kimberly Kahn, Theoretical Linguistics: Indefinite Pronouns by Martin Haspelmath

Message 1: Theoretical Linguistics: Indefinite Pronouns by Martin Haspelmath

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 15:36:24 -0400
From: Kimberly Kahn <KRKOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Theoretical Linguistics: Indefinite Pronouns by Martin Haspelmath

Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

(Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory)

This book is the first comprehensive and encyclopaedic investigation
of indefinite pronouns (expressions like someone, anything, nowhere)
in the languages of the world. It shows that the range of variation in
the functional and formal properties of indefinite pronouns is subject
to a set of universal implicational constraints, and proposes
explanations for these universals.

"...the book is clearly written and well edited, and the facts
provided offer a great deal of food for thought to anyone with an
interest in cross-linguistic work, whether such interest is confined
within the Germanic family alone or is taken with a broader
view."--American Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Literatures "A
welcome addition to the typological literature, this book is the most
comprehensive work to date devoted exclusively to the description of
indefinite pronouns in the world's languages....Haspelmath's
presentation offers generally interesting reading, giving us many
facts, testable universal claims, and tantalizing attempts at
explanation....the book can a useful reference
work."--Anthropological Linguistics

"One couldn't wish for a better book to inaugurate the series....The
book is highly recommended, not only to field workers who will find
that this study contains enough theoretical predictions to test
against the indefinite pronoun system in the language or languages
they are working on, but also to any linguist who wants to see a text
book example of a linguistic analysis....Anyone working on two or more
closely related languages should be required to read this
book."--Notes on Linguistics

Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory offers a forum for
promoting research and analysis that is both typologically and
theoretically informed. Each book in the series will focus on a
particular topic, providing an overview of the available
cross-linguistic data and, at the same time, engaging such key
theoretical issues as the boundaries or limitations of different
approaches in dealing with typological data.

1997 (paper April 2001) 384 pp.; 111 line illus, 2 maps
0-19-829963-X paper $29.95
0-19-823560-7 cloth $72.00
Oxford University Press
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