In some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be
dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of
scholars discuss the concept "word" and its applicability in a range of
typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the
parameters of variation for "word". The nine chapters that follow then
study the character of "word" in individual languages, including
Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West
African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language.
These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical
characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to
refine our understanding of what can constitute a "word". An epilogue
explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of "word". The book
will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of
morphology and phonology.