The Linguistic Typology of Templates

The Linguistic Typology of Templates

By: Jeff Good (author)Hardback

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This book represents the first comprehensive examination of templatic constructions - namely, linguistic structures involving unexpected linear stipulation - in both morphology and syntax from a typological perspective. It provides a state-of-the-art overview of the previous literature, develops a new typology for categorizing templatic constructions across grammatical domains, and examines their cross-linguistic variation by employing cutting-edge computational methods. It will be of interest to descriptive linguists seeking to gain a better sense of the diversity of the world's templatic constructions, theoretical linguists developing restrictive models of possible templates, and typologists interested in the attested range of patterns of linear stipulation and the application of new kinds of multivariate methods to cross-linguistic data. The new typological framework is illustrated in detail via a number of case studies involving languages of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and numerous other templatic constructions are also considered over the course of the book.

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Jeff Good is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He received a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and then held a postdoctoral appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. In addition to his work at Buffalo, he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Leipzig. His current research interests include the morphosyntactic typology of linear relations, the comparative morphosyntax of Niger-Congo, the documentation and description of Bantoid languages of the Lower Fungom region of Northwest Cameroon, and the role of emerging digital methods in language documentation. Among his publications are the edited volume Linguistic Universals and Language Change and A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole (co-authored with John McWhorter). He has additionally published in Language, Morphology, Diachronica, Studies in Language, the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, and Language Documentation and Conservation. His research has been supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, and the Endangered Archives Programme. He is currently co-editor of Language Dynamics and Change.


1. Defining template; 2. A typological description language for templates; 3. Typologizing templates: case studies; 4. Typologizing templates: comparison; 5. Moving forward.

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/03/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781107015029
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 340
  • ID: 9781107015029
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 1107015022

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