Exploring Language Structure A Student's Guide

ISBN-10: 0521671507

ISBN-13: 9780521671507

Edition: 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

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Description: Designed for those beginning to study linguistics, this is a lively introduction to two key aspects of the structure of language: syntax (the structure of sentences) and morphology (the structure of words). It shows students in a step-by-step fashion how to analyze the syntax and morphology of any language, by clearly describing the basic methods and techniques, and providing almost 100 practical exercises based on data from a rich variety of the world's languages. Written in an engaging style and complete with a comprehensive glossary, Exploring Language Structure explains linguistic concepts by using clear analogies from everyday life. It introduces a range of essential topics in syntax and morphology, such as rules, categories, word classes, grammatical relations, multi-clause constructions and typology. Providing a solid foundation in morphology and syntax, this is the perfect introductory text for beginning students, and will fully prepare them for more advanced courses in linguistic analysis.

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List price: $60.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 390
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
A note on transcriptions
List of abbreviations
Introduction to morphology and syntax
The form-function composite
Creativity and recursion
Grammar
Morphology and syntax
Lexicon
Three expression types compared
Subtypes of lexical expression
Classes in the lexicon
Some basic concepts in morphology
Introduction to the exercises
Conceptual outline of chapter 1
Exercises
Morphological processes and conceptual categories
Conceptual categories and the problem of labeling
The "big ten" morphological processes
Methods for representing morphological processes
Conceptual outline of chapter 2
Exercises
Morphophonemics
Specifying the environments for morphophonemic rules
How to pick an underlying form
Rule ordering
Nasal assimilation in English
Types of morphophonemic rules
Possession in Asheninka
Summary of notational conventions
Conceptual outline of chapter 3
Exercises
Word classes
Nouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Adverbs
Other word classes
Conceptual outline of Chapter 4
Exercises
Exploring subclasses
Methodology
Conceptual outline of Chapter 5
Exercises
Constituent structure
A note about syntactic formalisms
Syntax
Tests for constituent structure
Phrase structure rules
Constituent structure trees
Ambiguity
Conceptual outline of chapter 6
Exercises
Language typology
Morphological typology
Syntactic typology
Examples of an OV and a VO language
Pragmatic constituent order languages
How to analyze the syntactic typology of a language
Conceptual outline of chapter 7
Exercises
Grammatical relations
Grammatical relations within noun phrases
Grammatical relations in clauses
Systems for organizing grammatical relations
Analyzing grammatical relations systems
Split systems
Conceptual outline of chapter 8
Exercises
Voice and valence
Valence-decreasing constructions
Valence-increasing constructions
Combinations of valence-related constructions
Conceptual outline of chapter 9
Exercises
Multi-clause constructions
Serial verbs
Complement clauses
Adverbial clauses
Clause chains and switch-reference
Relative clauses
Coordination
Conceptual outline of chapter 10
Exercises
Glossary
References
Subject and language index
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