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Title: The Use of Databases in Cross-Linguistic Studies
Edited By: Martin Everaert
Simon Musgrave
Alexis Dimitriadis
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110193084-1
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 41

This book promotes the development of linguistic databases by describing a
number of successful database projects, focusing especially on
cross-linguistic and typological research. It has become increasingly clear
that ready access to knowledge about cross-linguistic variation is of great
value to many types of linguistic research. Such a systematic body of data
is essential in order to gain a proper understanding of what is truly
universal in language and what is determined by specific cultural settings.
Moreover, it is increasingly needed as a tool to systematically evaluate
contrasting theoretical claims. The book includes a chapter on general
problems of using databases to handle language data and chapters on a
number of individual projects.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110193086
ISBN-13: 9783110193084
Pages: 409
Prices: Europe EURO 118.00

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110198744
Pages: 409
Prices: U.S. $ 165.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110193086
ISBN-13: 9783110193084
Pages: 409
Prices: U.S. $ 165.00

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110198744
Pages: 409
Prices: Europe EURO 132.00