Linguistic Universals

ISBN-10: 0521545528
ISBN-13: 9780521545525
Edition: 2006
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Description: The discovery of `linguistic universals - the properties that all languages have in common - is a fundamental goal of linguistic research. Linguists face the task of accounting for why languages, which apparently differ so greatly from one another  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The discovery of `linguistic universals - the properties that all languages have in common - is a fundamental goal of linguistic research. Linguists face the task of accounting for why languages, which apparently differ so greatly from one another on the surface, display striking similarities in their underlying structure. This volume brings together a team of leading experts to show how different linguistic theories have approached this challenge. Drawing on work from both formal and functional perspectives, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most notable work on linguistic universals - with chapters on syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology and typology - and explores a range of central issues, such as the relationship between linguistic universals and the language faculty, and what linguistic universals can tell us about our biological make-up and cognitive abilities. Clear, succinct, and up-to-date, it will be invaluable to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the phenomenon that is human language.

Ricardo Mairal is Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, Universidad Nacional de Educaci#243;n a Distancia (UNED).

Juana Gil is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, Universidad Nacional de Educaci#243;n a Distancia (UNED).

List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
A first look at universals
Linguistic typology
Universals in a generative setting
In search of universals
Morphological universals
Syntactic typology
Some universals of Verb semantics
Language change and universals
References
Index

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