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Title: Copies versus Cognates in Bound Morphology
Edited By: Lars Johanson
Martine Irma Robbeets
URL: http://www.brill.nl/copies-versus-cognates-bound-morphology
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture

Genealogical linguistics and areal linguistics are rarely treated from an
integrated perspective even if they are twin faces of diachronic linguistics. In
"Copies versus Cognates in Bound Morphology" Lars Johanson and Martine
Robbeets take up this challenge. The result is a wealth of empirical facts and
different theoretical approaches, advanced by internationally renowned
specialists and young scholars whose research is highly pertinent to the

"Copies versus Cognates in Bound Morphology" puts genealogical and areal
explanation for shared morphology in a balanced perspective and works out
criteria to distinguish between morphological cognates and copies. Lars
Johanson and Martine Robbeets provide nothing less than the foundations for
a new perspective on diachronic linguistics between genealogical and areal

Contributors include: Alexandra Aikhenvald, Ad Backus, Dik Bakker, Peter
Bakker, Éva Csató, Stig Eliasson, Victor Friedman, Francesco Gardani,
Anthony Grant, Salomé Gutiérrez-Morales, Tooru Hayasi, Ewald Hekking,
Juha Janhunen, Lars Johanson, Brian Joseph, Folke Josephson, Judith
Josephson, Johanna Nichols, Martine Robbeets, Marshall Unger, Nikki van
de Pol, Anna Verschik, Lindsay Whaley

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Chinese, Mandarin
Language Family(ies): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004224070
Pages: 470
Prices: Europe EURO 136
U.S. $ 189