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Title: Universals of Language Today
Edited By: Sergio Scalise
Elisabetta Magni
Antonietta Bisetto
URL: http://www.springer.com/978-1-4020-8824-7
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Description:

> Includes a fresh and up-to-date survey of the present state of research
on Universals of Language in an international context, with original
contributions from leading specialists in the field
> Features first-hand accounts of substantive findings and theoretical
observations in different subareas of linguistics
> Huge number of linguistic phenomena and data from different languages
analyzed and discussed in detail
> Essential reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students
in linguistics

This book collects the contributions presented at the international
congress held at the University of Bologna in January 2007, where leading
scholars of different persuasions and interests offered an up-to-date
overview of the current status of the research on linguistic universals.
The papers that make up the volume deal with both theoretical and empirical
issues, and range over various domains, covering not only morphology and
syntax, which were the major focus of Greenberg’s seminal work, but also
phonology and semantics, as well as diachrony and second language
acquisition. Diverse perspectives illustrate and discuss a huge number of
phenomena from a wide variety of languages, not only exploring the way
research on universals intersects with different subareas of linguistics,
but also contributing to the ongoing debate between functional and formal
approaches to explaining the universals of language. This stimulating
reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students in
linguistics shows how different, but not irreconcilable, modes of
explanation can complement each other, both offering fresh insights into
the investigation of unity and diversity in languages, and pointing to
exciting areas for future research.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1402088248
ISBN-13: 9781402088247
Pages: 284
Prices: U.S. $ 209.00
U.K. £ 101.50
Europe EURO 134.95