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Title: Language Typology and Syntactic Description,Volume 2: Complex Constructions
Edited By: Timothy Shopen

This unique three-volume survey brings together a team of leading scholars
to explore the syntactic and morphological structures of the world's
languages. Clearly organized and broad-ranging, it covers topics such as
parts-of-speech, passives, complementation, relative clauses, adverbial
clauses, inflectional morphology, tense, aspect, mood, and diexis. The
contributors look at the major ways that these notions are realized, and
provide informative sketches of them at work in a range of languages. Each
volume is accessibly written and clearly explains each new concept
introduced. Although the volumes can be read independently, together they
provide an indispensable reference work for all linguists and fieldworkers
interested in cross-linguistic generalizations. Most of the chapters in the
second edition are substantially revised or completely new - some on topics
not covered by the first edition. Volume II covers co-ordination,
complementation, noun phrase structure, relative clauses, adverbial
clauses, discourse structure, and sentences as combinations of clauses.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521581575
ISBN-13: 9780521581578
Pages: 488
Prices: U.S. $ 115.00
U.K. £ 60.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521588561
ISBN-13: 9780521588560
Pages: 488
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 39.99