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Title: Linguistic Universals
Edited By: Ricardo Mairal
Juana Gil
Description:

The discovery of 'linguistic universals' - the properties that all
languages have in common - is a fundamental goal of linguistic research.
Linguists face the task of accounting for why languages, which apparently
differ so greatly from one another on the surface, display striking
similarities in their underlying structure. This volume brings together a
team of leading experts to show how different linguistic theories have
approached this challenge. Drawing on work from both formal and functional
perspectives, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most notable work
on linguistic universals - with chapters on syntax, semantics, phonology,
morphology and typology - and explores a range of central issues, such as
the relationship between linguistic universals and the language faculty,
and what linguistic universals can tell us about our biological make-up and
cognitive abilities. Clear, succinct, and up-to-date, it will be invaluable
to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the phenomenon that is human
language.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521545528
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 228
Prices: U.S. $ 32.99
U.K. £ 17.99