Language Typology and Syntactic Description: Volume 1, Clause Structure (2nd Revised edition)

Language Typology and Syntactic Description: Volume 1, Clause Structure (2nd Revised edition)

By: Timothy Shopen (editor)Paperback

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This unique three-volume survey brings together a team of leading scholars to explore the syntactic and morphological structures of the world's languages. Clearly organized and broad-ranging, it covers topics such as parts-of-speech, passives, complementation, relative clauses, adverbial clauses, inflectional morphology, tense, aspect, mood, and diexis. The contributors look at the major ways that these notions are realized, and provide informative sketches of them at work in a range of languages. Each volume is accessibly written and clearly explains each new concept introduced. Although the volumes can be read independently, together they provide an indispensable reference work for all linguists and fieldworkers interested in cross-linguistic generalizations. Volume I covers parts-of-speech systems, word order, the noun phrase, clause types, speech act distinctions, the passive, and information packaging in the clause.

About Author

Timothy Shopen is former Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the Australian National University.


1. Parts-of-speech systems Paul Schachter and Timothy Shopen; 2. Word Order Matthew S. Dryer; 3. The major functions of the noun phrase Avery D. Andrews; 4. Clause types Matthew S. Dryer; 5. Speech act distinctions in grammar Ekkehard Koenig and Peter Siemund; 6. Passive in the world's languages Edward L. Keenan and Matthew S. Dryer; 7. A typology of information packaging in the clause William A. Foley.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521588577
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 498
  • ID: 9780521588577
  • weight: 1400
  • ISBN10: 052158857X
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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