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Title: Form and Function in Language Research
Subtitle: Papers in Honour of Christian Lehmann
Edited By: Johannes Helmbrecht
Yoko Nishina
Yong-Min Shin
Stavros Skopeteas
Elisabeth Verhoeven
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 210

Language description enriches linguistic theory and linguistic theory
sharpens language description. Based on evidence from the world's
languages, functional-typological linguistics has established a number of
thorough generalizations about the nature of linguistic categorizations and
their manifestation in natural languages. Empirical studies in these fields
of linguistics have contributed to sharpen linguistic theory in several

This volume is a collection of 19 contributions from outstanding scholars
in the field of functional-typological linguistics that address fundamental
issues in the study of language, such as the nature of linguistic
categories, the constitution of functional domains, and the form of
cross-linguistic continua. Empirical data from individual languages and
from typological samples are investigated in order to achieve
generalizations about the properties of human grammar(s). Several
grammatical phenomena are dealt with including tonal systems, person
distinctions, modalities, reciprocity, complex predicates, grammatical
relations, word order, clause linkage, and information structure.

The structure of the book illustrates the fundamental importance of the
analytical distinction between the onomasiological and the semasiological
approach to language and language diversity. Both perspectives are
integrated in most papers with a dominant focus on either the former or the
latter perspective.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110216134
Pages: 350
Prices: Europe EURO 100.00
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ISBN-13: 9783110216127
Pages: 350
Prices: Europe EURO 89.95