LINGUIST List 12.363

Mon Feb 12 2001

Books: Typology

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  1. Joyce Reid, Typology: Number by G. G. Corbett

Message 1: Typology: Number by G. G. Corbett

Date: 12 Feb 2001 10:39:54 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Typology: Number by G. G. Corbett

Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey, UK

Number is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is
deceptively simple yet distinctions in number (as in cat versus cats )
vary considerably from language to language. Some languages, for
instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or
even five different values. This book draws on examples from many
languages to analyze the possibilities and reveals that the world's
linguistic resources are richer than even many linguists realize. It
is intended for linguistic students and teachers and is an ideal entry
to linguistic typology.


1. Introduction; 
2. Meaning distinctions; 
3. Items involved in the Nominal Number System; 
4. Integrating number values and the Animacy Hierarchy; 
5. The expression of number; 
6. The syntax of number; 
7. Other uses of number; 
8. Verbal number; 
9. Conclusion and new challenges.

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

2001/378 pp./52 figures/92 tables
64016-4/Hb/List: $69.95
64970-6/Pb/List: $24.95
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