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LINGUIST List 20.3686

Fri Oct 30 2009

Books: Discipline of Linguistics: Dixon

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Basic Linguistic Theory: Dixon

Message 1: Basic Linguistic Theory: Dixon
Date: 30-Sep-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Basic Linguistic Theory: Dixon
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Title: Basic Linguistic Theory
Subtitle: Volume I: Methodology
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: R. M. W. Dixon
Hardback: ISBN: 0199571058 9780199571055 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 190.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199571066 9780199571062 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 55.00
Abstract:

In "Basic Linguistic Theory" R.M.W. Dixon provides a new and fundamental
characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide
to their description and analysis. In three clearly written and accessible
volumes, he describes how best to go about doing linguistics, the most
satisfactory and profitable ways to work, and the pitfalls to avoid. In the
first volume he addresses the methodology for recording, analysing, and
comparing languages. He argues that grammatical structures and rules should
be worked out inductively on the basis of evidence, explaining in detail
the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from
observed utterances. He shows how the grammars and words of one language
may be compared to others of the same or different families, explains the
methods involved in cross-linguistic parametric analyses, and describes how
to interpret the results. Volume II and III (to be published in 2011) offer
in-depth tours of underlying principles of grammatical organization, as
well as many of the facts of grammatical variation. "The task of the
linguist," Professor Dixon writes, "is to explain the nature of human
languages - each viewed as an integrated system - together with an
explanation of why each langauge is the way it is, allied to the further
scientific pursuits of prediction and evaluation.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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