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Books: Typology: Frajzyngier, Shay

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  1. paul, Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction

Message 1: Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 12:17:36 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction

Title: Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 55
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Zygmunt Frajzyngier, University of Colorado 
Author: Erin Shay, University of Colorado 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114368, Pages: xviii, 309 pp., Price: USD 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027229635, Pages: xviii, 309 pp., Price: EUR 105.00

This book proposes a framework for describing languages through the
description of relationships among lexicon, morphology, syntax, and
phonology. The framework is based on the notion of formal coding
means; the principle of functional transparency; the notion of
functional domains; and the notion of systems interaction in the
coding of functional domains. The study is based on original analyses
of cross-linguistic data.

The fundamental finding of the study is that different languages may
code different functional domains, which must be discovered by
analyzing the formal means available in each language. The first part
of the book proposes a methodology for discovering functional domains
and the second part describes the properties of various functional
domains. The book presents new cross-linguistic analyses of
theoretical issues including agreement; phenomena attributed to
government; nominal classification; prerequisites for and implications
of linear order coding; and defining characteristics of lexical
categories. The study also contributes new analyses of specific
problems in individual languages.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xiii 
Abbreviations xiv 
1. Introduction: Theoretical and methodological foundations 1-36 
2. Interaction of the lexicon with other coding means 37-56 
3. Coding through linear order 57-88 
4. Coding through nominal inflection 89-113 
5. Interaction of phonology with other coding means 115-151 
6. Agreement, or coding on other constituents 153-168 
7. Interaction of nominal classification with other coding means 169-181 
8. Matrix clause coding 183-210 
9. Determining the function of a linguistic form: The indirectly
 affected argument and the external possessor 211-231
10. Systems interaction in the coding of locative predication 233-246 
11. Systems interaction in the coding of reference 247-282 
12. Conclusions, implications, and open questions 283-288 
Notes 289-290 
References 291-300 
Index of authors 301-302 
Index of languages 303-304 
Index of subjects 305-307

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