9780199604326

Canonical Morphology and Syntax

  • ISBN 13:

    9780199604326

  • ISBN 10:

    0199604320

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 03/22/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed. In this way, the issue of fit becomes a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal. Drawing on the expertise of world classscholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the range of areas - from morphosyntactic features to reported speech - to which linguists are currently applying this methodology, and explores to what degree the approach succeeds in discovering theelusive canon of linguistic phenomena.

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