Date: 15-Dec-2006 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: Handbook of Descriptive Language Knowledge: Hammarström
Title: Handbook of Descriptive Language Knowledge
Subtitle: A Full-Scale Reference Guide for Typologists
Series Title: LINCOM Handbooks in Linguistics 20
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Harald Harald Hammarström
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895863837 Pages: 312 Price: Europe EURO 70.00
This work is a balanced list of references to grammars aimed for typologists. It lists the most extensive grammatical description for the best documented language of each genetic subfamily. If there are several descriptions/languages of more or less the same depth and scope, only one or two of them are explicitly listed, the rest being traceable via references. Previously, there has been an oft-noted lack of such a list that is unbiased, comprehensive and up-to-date. All known reported languages, whether living or dead, are accounted for by pointers to publications with information on the language. The listing is headed with clear definitions on what is included, information on related language listings, statistics on the documentation of languages, and some information on the issues of language description in general.