LINGUIST List 14.1944

Wed Jul 16 2003

Books: Lang Desc, Basque: Hualde, Ortiz de Urbina

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  1. julia.ulrich, A Grammar of Basque: Hualde, Ortiz de Urbina (eds)

Message 1: A Grammar of Basque: Hualde, Ortiz de Urbina (eds)

Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 12:04:15 +0000
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: A Grammar of Basque: Hualde, Ortiz de Urbina (eds)

Title: A Grammar of Basque
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter		 
Editor: Jos´┐Ż Ignazio Hualde, Department of Spanish, Italian and
 Portuguese, University of Illinois, USA
Editor: Jon Ortiz de Urbina, University of Deusto, Spain 

Hardback: ISBN: 3110176831, Pages: xxx, 943, Price: Euro 148.00 /
 approx. US$ 163.00

As the only surviving pre-Indo-European language of western Europe,
Basque has often attracted the interest of linguists. Whereas,
traditionally, descriptive work on Basque has primarily focused on
morphological features, including its complex system of verb-argument
agreement and its strict ergative pattern of inflection, in the last
two decades or so, a new generation of Basque linguists has produced
very sophisticated, theoretically-informed work on many aspects of the
syntax, morphology and phonology of the language, revealing, for
instance, a process of focalization with many interesting properties
and the existence in some dialects of an accentual system strikingly
similar to that of standard Japanese. The book, bringing together this
accumulated knowledge on the structure of Basque, is considerably more
complete than any other existing grammar of the language. Another
interesting feature of this grammar is that the description is
illustrated with fully-glossed examples extracted from a great number
of written sources. Although the focus is the modern standard
language, dialectal features are considered in detail and examples are
taken from all dialects and periods.

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