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Query Subject:   Textbook Recommendations: Typology and Universals
Author:   Nigel Duffield
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Typology

Query:   Next Spring, I will be teaching a one-semester (2 hours per week)
course on Language Universals and Language Typology, and am
looking for a good text book. I had wanted to use Comrie (1989, 2nd
Edition) but this now appears to be out of print. Does anyone have any
good recommendations? The constraints are that I'm teaching a
relatively low-level class of Japanese sophomore students, who will
only have taken Intro, and perhaps a basic syntax class, and whose
English will allow a maximum of, say, 15-20 pages a week. The work
should be accessible, relatively light, and as theoretically neutral as

Please mail me any suggestions, and I will summarize.

Thank you,
Nigel Duffield
LL Issue: 21.4890
Date posted: 04-Dec-2010


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