Describing Morphosyntax A Guide for Field Linguists

ISBN-10: 0521588057

ISBN-13: 9780521588058

Edition: 1997

Authors: Thomas E. Payne

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Current estimates are that around 3,000 of the 6,000 languages now spoken may become extinct during the next century. Some 4,000 of these existing languages have never been described, or described only inadequately. This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of these many under-documented languages. It uses examples from many languages both well known and virtually unknown; it offers readers one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to help them address the key topics. The appendices offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars which readers might wish to consult.
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Book details

List price: $60.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/9/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 430
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Demographic and ethnographic information
Morphological typology
Grammatical categories
Constituent order typology
Noun and noun-phrase operations
Predicate nominals and related constructions
Grammatical relations
Voice and valence adjusting operations
Other verb and veb-phrase operations
Pragmatically marked structures
Clause combinations
Conclusions: the language in use
Appendices
References
Index of languages, language families, and language areas
Subject index
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