Introducing Language Typology
- Author: Edith A. Moravcsik, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Language typology identifies similarities and differences among languages of the world. This textbook provides an introduction to the subject which assumes minimal prior knowledge of linguistics. It offers the broadest coverage of any introductory book, including sections on historical change, language acquisition, and language processing. Students will become familiar with the subject by working through numerous examples of crosslinguistic generalizations and diversity in syntax, morphology, and phonology, as well as vocabulary, writing systems, and signed languages. Chapter outlines and summaries, key words, a glossary, and copious literature references help the reader understand and internalize what they have read, while activities at the end of each chapter reinforce key points.Read more
- Offers the broadest coverage of any introductory book, with sections on historical change, language acquisition and language processing
- Chapter previews and summaries, key words, a glossary and many literature references are included
- Activities at the end of each chapter emphasize main points
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'Textbooks like Moravcsik's Introducing Language Typology are hard to find. In a clear, logical and readable style, she introduces students not only to the basic concepts and methods in linguistic typology but also to the fundamentals of linguistics. This textbook will be appreciated and loved by students and lecturers alike for many years to come.' Jae Jung Song, University of OtagoSee more reviews
'An excellent, and highly needed introduction to linguistic typology, not only for courses that specifically focus on typology, but for all those who want to present linguistic issues in a typological perspective. It leads readers step by step from every day experience to more abstract realms of linguistics. It includes topics that are often neglected in introductory treatments of typology, such as phonology and the lexicon. The wealth of data from different languages makes the book easily usable as support for teaching across different theoretical frameworks.' Silvia Luraghi, University of Pavia
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- Date Published: December 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139602716
- contains: 11 b/w illus. 35 exercises
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. What is language typology?
2. The worlds of words
3. Assembling words
4. Dissembling words
5. The sounds of languages
6. Language in flux
7. Explaining crosslinguistic preferences.
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