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Title: Perspectives on Grammar Writing
Edited By: Thomas E Payne
David J. Weber
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=BCT%2011
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 11
Description:

With over half the languages of the world currently in danger of extinction
within a century, the need for high quality grammatical descriptions is
more urgent than ever. Potential grammar writers, however, often find
themselves paralyzed by the daunting task of describing a language. The
papers in the present volume (originally published in Studies in
Language
30:2 (2006)) provide suggestions and encouragement – from
experienced grammar writers and users – regarding concrete methods for
approaching the task of writing a descriptive grammar of a language.
Salient "themes" emerging from the papers in this volume include: The
necessity of community involvement in grammatical descriptions; The link
between a grammar and the other products of a program of language
documentation (a dictionary and collection of texts); The complementary
functions of elicited vs. naturally occurring data; and grammatical
description as 'art' as well as 'science'.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Discipline of Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722241X
ISBN-13: 9789027222411
Pages: 228
Prices: Europe EURO 85.00
U.S. $ 115.00