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LINGUIST List 19.30

Mon Jan 07 2008

Books: Typology: Donohue, Wichmann (Eds) - Ling Theories/Typology: Good

Editor for this issue: Hannah Morales <hannahlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Jennifer Clark, The Typology of Semantic Alignment: Donohue, Wichmann (Eds)
        2.    Jennifer Clark, Linguistic Universals and Language Change: Good


Message 1: The Typology of Semantic Alignment: Donohue, Wichmann (Eds)
Date: 20-Dec-2007
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: The Typology of Semantic Alignment: Donohue, Wichmann (Eds)
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Title: The Typology of Semantic Alignment
Published: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199238385

Editor: Mark Donohue
Editor: Søren K. Wichmann
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199238385 Pages: 488 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Abstract:

Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of
morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates,
typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive
predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to
lexical aspect. This collection of new typological and case studies is the
first book-length investigation of semantically aligned languages for three
decades. Leading international typologists explore the differences and
commonalities of languages with semantic alignment systems and compare the
structure of these languages to languages without them. They look at how
such systems arise or disappear and provide areal overviews of Eurasia, the
Americas, and the south-west Pacific, the areas where semantically aligned
languages are concentrated. This book will interest typological and
historical linguists at graduate level and above.

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=33159


Message 2: Linguistic Universals and Language Change: Good
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Linguistic Universals and Language Change: Good
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Title: Linguistic Universals and Language Change
Published: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199228997

Author: Jeff Good
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199298495 Pages: 360 Price: U.K. £ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199228997 Pages: 360 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and
language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the
last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in
linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in
accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of
distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for
language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins.

The volume brings together specially commissioned work by leading scholars,
including prominent representatives of generative and functional
linguistics. It examines rival explanations for linguistic universals and
assesses the effectiveness of competing models of language change. The
authors investigate patterns and processes of grammatical and lexical
change across a wide range of languages; they consider the degree to which
common characteristics condition processes of change in related languages;
and examine how far differences in linguistic outcomes may be explained by
cultural or external factors.

This book will interest the wide range of scholars in linguistics and
related fields concerned with language change, historical linguistics,
linguistic typology and universals, and the nature of the human language
faculty.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=33199




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