This handbook compares the main analytic frameworks and methods of contemporary linguistics. It offers a unique overview of linguistic theory, revealing that common concerns of competing approaches. By showing their current and potential applications it provides the means by which linguists and others judge what are the most useful models for the task in hand.
Distinguished scholars from all over the world explain the rationale and aims of over thirty explanatory approaches to the description, analysis, and understanding of language. Each chapter considers the main goals of the model; the relation it proposes between lexicon, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and phonology; the way it defines the interaction between cognition and grammar, what it counts as evidence; and how it explains linguistic change and structure.