Books: Descriptive Typology and Linguistic Theory: Ackerman, Nikolaeva
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Title: Descriptive Typology and Linguistic Theory
Subtitle: A study in the morphosyntax of relative clauses
Series Title: CSLI Lecture Notes 212
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Author: Farrell Ackerman
Author: Irina Nikolaeva
Electronic: ISBN: 9781575867434 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 35 Comment: Adobe Digital Editions PDF e-book
Hardback: ISBN: 9781575864556 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 70
Paperback: ISBN: 9781575864563 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 35
Descriptive grammarians and typologists often encounter unusual constructions or unfamiliar variants of otherwise familiar construction types. Many of these phenomena are puzzling from the perspective of linguistic theories: they neither predict nor, arguably, provide the tools to insightfully describe them. This book analyzes an unusual type of relative clause found in numerous related and unrelated languages of Eurasia. While providing a detailed case study of Tundra Nenets, it broadens this inquiry into a detailed typological exploration of this relative clause type. The authors argue that an understanding of this construction requires exploring the (type of) grammar system in which it occurs in order to identify the (set of) independent constructions that motivate its existence. The resulting insights into grammar organization illustrate the usefulness of a construction-theoretic syntax and morphology informed by a developmental systems perspective for the understanding of complex grammatical phenomena.
A full table of contents and the first chapter are available at the web site.
Subject Language(s): Nenets (yrk)
Language Family(ies): Uralic