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LINGUIST List 24.756

Mon Feb 11 2013

Books: Canonical Morphology and Syntax: Brown, Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 23-Jan-2013
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: Canonical Morphology and Syntax: Brown, Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)
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Title: Canonical Morphology and Syntax
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/SyntaxMorphology/?view=usa&ci=9780199604326

Editor: Dunstan Brown
Editor: Marina Chumakina
Editor: Greville G. Corbett
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199604326 Pages: 384 Price: U.S. $ 125
Abstract:

This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed. In this way, the issue of fit becomes a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal. Drawing on the expertise of world class scholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the range of areas - from morphosyntactic features to reported speech - to which linguists are currently applying this methodology, and explores to what degree the approach succeeds in discovering the elusive canon of linguistic phenomena.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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