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Introduction to Typology
The Unity and Diversity of Language



December 1996 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
An overview of the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages, Introduction to Typologyprovides a thorough and comprehensive coverage of typology in the areas of morphology and syntax, while underscoring the similarities and differences that underlie the vast array of human languages. Pedagogically sound, this introductory text includes a glossary and highlights and defines each new term as it appears. Each chapter concludes with a summary of new terminology and concepts as well as a list of additional, related readings. Introduction to Typology assumes neither prior knowledge of typology nor extensive background in linguistics, making it useful as a primary or supplementary text for a variety of courses, particularly those dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic universals.

 
THE BASICS OF LANGUAGE TYPOLOGY
 
An Introduction to Typology and Universals
 
A (Brief) History of Typology
 
Issues of Method and Explanation
 
Basic Categories
 
WORLD ORDER TYPOLOGY
 
Constituent Order Universals
 
Determining Basic Constituent Order
 
MORPHOLOGICAL TYPOLOGY
 
Morphemes
 
Morphological Typology
 
ENCODING RELATIONAL AND SEMANTIC PROPERTIES OF NOMINALS
 
Case and Agreement Systems
 
Animacy, Definiteness and Gender
 
Valence
 
VERBAL CATEGORIES
 
Tense and Aspect
 
Mood and Negation
 
The Morphosyntax of Speech Acts
 
COMPLEX CLAUSES
 
Subordination
 
Coordination and Cosubordination

This was not suitable for the programme.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
November 11, 2014

The book is well structured and clearly written, which makes it a great introductory text for undergrad courses

Miss Daria Dayter
Anglistik II, University of Bayreuth
January 13, 2014

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