Canonical morphology and syntax

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作者:Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, Greville G Corbett

出版时间:2012

页数:327

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This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed. In this way, the issue of fit becomes a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal. Drawing on the expertise of world class scholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the range of areas - from morphosyntactic features to reported speech - to which linguists are currently applying this methodology, and explores to what degree the approach succeeds in discovering the elusive canon of linguistic phenomena. Read more... Content: 1. What there might be and what there is: an introduction to Canonical Typology ; 2. A base for canonical negation ; 3. Canonical morphosyntactic features ; 4. Some problems in the typology of quotation: a canonical approach ; 5. Unpacking finiteness ; 6. The canonical clitic ; 7. Passive agents: prototypical vs. canonical passives ; 8. The criteria for reflexivization ; 9. Possession and modification - a perspective from Canonical Typology ; 10. An ontological approach to Canonical Typology: laying the foundations for e-linguistics ; References ; Author Index ; Language Index ; Subject Index Abstract: This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed. Read more...

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