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Title: Basic Linguistic Theory
Subtitle: Volume II: Grammatical Topics
Written By: R. M. W. Dixon
Description:

In "Basic Linguistic Theory" R. M. W. Dixon provides a new and fundamental
characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide
to their description and analysis. In three clearly written and accessible
volumes, he describes how best to go about doing linguistics, the most
satisfactory and profitable ways to work, and the pitfalls to avoid. In the
first volume he addresses the methodology for recording, analysing, and
comparing languages. He argues that grammatical structures and rules should
be worked out inductively on the basis of evidence, explaining in detail
the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from
observed utterances. He shows how the grammars and words of one language
may be compared to others of the same or different families, explains the
methods involved in cross-linguistic parametric analyses, and describes how
to interpret the results. Volume II and Volume III (to be published in
2011) offer in-depth tours of underlying principles of grammatical
organization, as well as many of the facts of grammatical variation. 'The
task of the linguist,' Professor Dixon writes, 'is to explain the nature of
human languages - each viewed as an integrated system - together with an
explanation of why each language is the way it is, allied to the further
scientific pursuits of prediction and evaluation.'

"Basic Linguistic Theory" is the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's
thinking about every aspect and manifestation of language and immersion in
linguistic fieldwork. It is a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate
students of linguistics, as well as for those in neighbouring disciplines,
such as psychology and anthropology.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199571074
ISBN-13: 9780199571079
Pages: 448
Prices: U.S. $ 190.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199571082
ISBN-13: 9780199571086
Pages: 448
Prices: U.S. $ 55.00