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Describing Morphosyntax

Describing Morphosyntax
A Guide for Field Linguists

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  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588058
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  • This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of the world's many underdocumented languages. It offers readers who work through it one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to help them address the key topics. Appendices offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars that readers might wish to consult. This will be a valuable resource to anyone engaged in linguistic fieldwork.

    • Only up-to-date textbook showing students how to do fieldwork
    • Fieldwork of increasing importance in linguistics given the number of languages dying out
    • Payne a noted researcher in this area
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a comprehensive field researcher's guide to the description of undocumented & near extinct languages." T. Rosenberg, LLBA

    "I would rate this book highly as an important part of a practical strategy for writing the description of the morphosyntax of a field language." Austin Hale, Notes on Linguistics

    "...Describing Morphosyntax is an excellent guide not only for field linguists but also for all linguists who are interested in fascinating aspects of grammar." Word

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    21st Jan 2018 by Estefanyv3026

    this is a very good book to help students and teachers for their work

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588058
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.593kg
    • contains: 17 tables 67 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Demographic and ethnographic information
    2. Morphological typology
    3. Grammatical categories
    4. Constituent order typology
    5. Noun and noun-phrase operations
    6. Predicate nominals and related constructions
    7. Grammatical relations
    8. Voice and valence adjusting operations
    9. Other verb and veb-phrase operations
    10. Pragmatically marked structures
    11. Clause combinations
    12. Conclusions: the language in use
    Index of languages, language families, and language areas
    Subject index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced studies in linguistics (typology)
    • Field Methods in Linguistics
    • Grammars and Lexicons
    • Language Patterns: Types and Universals
  • Author

    Thomas E. Payne, University of Oregon

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