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Adjective attribution

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Book Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics ISBN: 9783944675657 9783944675664 9783944675497 9781530889341 Year: Pages: 307 + xiv DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b19.294 Language: English
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"This book is the first typological study of adjective attribution marking. Its focus lies on Northern Eurasia, although it covers many more languages and presents an ontology of morphosyntactic categories relevant to noun phrase structure in general. Beside treating synchronic data, the study contributes to historical linguistics by reconstructing the origin of new types specifically in the language contact area between the Indo-European and Uralic families."

Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics

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Book Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics ISSN: 23635568 ISBN: 9783946234371 9783946234388 Year: Pages: 501 DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b94.118 Language: English
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" The Siouan family comprises some twenty languages, historically spoken across a broad swath of the central North American plains and woodlands, as well as in parts of the southeastern United States.In spite of its geographical extent and diversity, and the size and importance of several Siouan-speaking tribes, this family has received relatively little attention in the linguistic literature and many of the individual Siouan languages are severely understudied. This volume aims to make work on Siouan languages more broadly available and to encourage deeper investigation of the myriad typological, theoretical, descriptive, and pedagogical issues they raise.The 17 chapters in this volume present a broad range of current Siouan research, focusing on various Siouan languages, from a variety of linguistic perspectives: historical-genetic, philological, applied, descriptive, formal/generative, and comparative/typological. The editors' preface summarizes characteristic features of the Siouan family, including head-final and ""verb-centered"" syntax, a complex system of verbal affixes including applicatives and subject-possessives, head-internal relative clauses, gendered speech markers, stop-systems including ejectives, and a preference for certain prosodic and phonotactic patterns.The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Robert L. Rankin, a towering figure in Siouan linguistics throughout his long career, who passed away in February of 2014."

The Alor-Pantar languages: History and typology

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ISSN: 23635568 ISBN: 9783944675480 Year: Pages: 477 Language: English
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The Alor-Pantar family constitutes the westernmost outlier group of Papuan(Non-Austronesian) languages. Its twenty or so languages are spoken onthe islands of Alor and Pantar, located just north of Timor, in eastern In-donesia. Together with the Papuan languages of Timor, they make up theTimor-Alor-Pantar family. The languages average 5,000 speakers and areunder pressure from the local Malay variety as well as the national lan-guage, Indonesian.This volume studies the internal and external linguistic history of thisinteresting group, and showcases some of its unique typological features,such as the preference to index the transitive patient-like argument onthe verb but not the agent-like one; the extreme variety in morphologi-cal alignment patterns; the use of plural number words; the existence ofquinary numeral systems; the elaborate spatial deictic systems involvingan elevation component; and the great variation exhibited in their kinshipsystems.Unlike many other Papuan languages, Alor-Pantar languages do not ex-hibit clause-chaining, do not have switch reference systems, never suffixsubject indexes to verbs, do not mark gender, but do encode clusivity intheir pronominal systems. Indeed, apart from a broadly similar head-finalsyntactic profile, there is little else that the Alor-Pantar languages sharewith Papuan languages spoken in other regions. While all of them showsome traces of contact with Austronesian languages, in general, borrow-ing from Austronesian has not been intense, and contact with Malay andIndonesian is a relatively recent phenomenon in most of the Alor-Pantarregion.

The Alor-Pantar languages: History and typology. Second edition.

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Book Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics ISBN: 9783944675947 9783946234678 9783946234913 Year: Pages: 461 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.437098 Language: English
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"The Alor-Pantar family constitutes the westernmost outlier group of Papuan (Non-Austronesian) languages. Its twenty or so languages are spoken on the islands of Alor and Pantar, located just north of Timor, in eastern Indonesia. Together with the Papuan languages of Timor, they make up the Timor-Alor-Pantar family. The languages average 5,000 speakers and areunder pressure from the local Malay variety as well as the national language, Indonesian.This volume studies the internal and external linguistic history of this interesting group, and showcases some of its unique typological features, such as the preference to index the transitive patient-like argument on the verb but not the agent-like one; the extreme variety in morphological alignment patterns; the use of plural number words; the existence of quinary numeral systems; the elaborate spatial deictic systems involving an elevation component; and the great variation exhibited in their kinship systems.Unlike many other Papuan languages, Alor-Pantar languages do not exhibit clause-chaining, do not have switch reference systems, never suffix subject indexes to verbs, do not mark gender, but do encode clusivity in their pronominal systems. Indeed, apart from a broadly similar head-final syntactic profile, there is little else that the Alor-Pantar languages share with Papuan languages spoken in other regions. While all of them show some traces of contact with Austronesian languages, in general, borrowing from Austronesian has not been intense, and contact with Malay and Indonesian is a relatively recent phenomenon in most of the Alor-Pantar region."

Dependencies in language: On the causal ontology of linguistic systems

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Book Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics ISBN: 9783946234883 9783946234746 9783946234661 Year: Pages: 215 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.573773 Language: English
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Dependency is a fundamental concept in the analysis of linguistic systems. The many if-then statements offered in typology and grammar-writing imply a causally real notion of dependency that is central to the claim being made—usually with reference to widely varying timescales and types of processes. But despite the importance of the concept of dependency in our work, its nature is seldom defined or made explicit. This book brings together experts on language, representing descriptive linguistics, language typology, functional/cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, research on gesture and other semiotic systems, developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, and linguistic anthropology to address the following question: What kinds of dependencies exist among language-related systems, and how do we define and explain them in natural, causal terms?

A dictionary and grammatical outline of Chakali

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Book Series: African Language Grammars and Dictionaries ISBN: 9783944675916 9783944675923 9783946234937 Year: Pages: 491 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.344813 Language: English
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This book is the first comprehensive monograph dedicated to Chakali, a Southwestern Grusi language spoken by less than 3500 people in northwest Ghana. The dictionary offers a consistent description of word meaning and provides the basis for future research in the linguistic area. It is also designed to provide an inventory of correspondence with English usage in a reversal index. The concepts used in the dictionary are explained in a grammar outline, which is of interest to specialists in Gur and Grusi linguistics, as well as any language researchers working in this part of the world.

Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen

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ISSN: 23646209 ISBN: 9783944675534 Year: Volume: 2 Pages: 576 Language: German
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This textbook is an introduction to the descriptive grammar of German on the levels of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and graphemics. It is a recommended read for anyone interested in the grammar of German and especially for students of German philology. The book focuses on how grammatical generalizations are derived from concrete linguistic material while covering a huge number of the important phenomena of German grammar. No specific theoretical framework is adopted in the book but it constitutes an ideal starting point for reading more theory-specific textbooks and accessible research papers. Despite its length, the book is suitable for inclusion in all sorts of curricula because more advanced parts are clearly marked and can be skipped, and the five parts of the book can be read separately. Almost all chapters contain a large number of exercises with complete solutions in the appendix.

Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen ist eine Einführung in die deskriptive Grammatik am Beispiel des gegenwärtigen Deutschen in den Bereichen Phonetik, Phonologie, Morphologie, Syntax und Graphematik. Das Buch ist für jeden geeignet, der sich für die Grammatik des Deutschen interessiert, vor allem aber für Studierende der Germanistik bzw. Deutschen Philologie. Im Vordergrund steht die Vermittlung grammatischer Erkenntnisprozesse und Argumentationsweisen auf Basis konkreten sprachlichen Materials. Es wird kein spezieller theoretischer Rahmen angenommen, aber nach der Lektüre sollten Leser in der Lage sein, sowohl deskriptiv ausgerichtete Forschungsartikel als auch theorienahe Einführungen lesen zu können. Trotz seiner Länge ist das Buch für den Unterricht in BA-Studiengängen geeignet, da grundlegende und fortgeschrittene Anteile getrennt werden und die fünf Teile des Buches auch einzeln verwendet werden können. Das Buch enthält zahlreiche Übungsaufgaben, die im Anhang gelöst werden.

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Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen. Zweite, überarbeitete Auflage

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Book Series: Textbooks in Language Sciences ISBN: 9783946234944 9783946234951 9783946234968 9781537504957 Year: Pages: 613 + xi DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b101.186 Language: German
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"This textbook is an introduction to the descriptive grammar of German on the levels of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and graphemics. It is a recommended read for anyone interested in the grammar of German and especially for students of German philology. The book focuses on how grammatical generalizations are derived from concrete linguistic material while covering a huge number of the important phenomena of German grammar. No specific theoretical framework is adopted in the book but it constitutes an ideal starting point for reading more theory-specific textbooks and accessible research papers. Despite its length, the book is suitable for inclusion in all sorts of curricula, mostly because the five parts of the book can be read separately. Almost all chapters contain a large number of exercises, many of which come with solutions in the appendix.The second edition was prepared based to a large extent on reader feedback. It introduces numerous corrections and improvements. Most prominently, the chapter on phonology was completely rewritten so as to provide a better description of the relevant generalizations of German syllable structure."

"Einführung in die grammatische Beschreibung des Deutschen ist eine Einführung in die deskriptive Grammatik am Beispiel des gegenwärtigen Deutschen in den Bereichen Phonetik, Phonologie, Morphologie, Syntax und Graphematik. Das Buch ist für alle geeignet, die sich für die Grammatik des Deutschen interessieren, vor allem aber für Studierende der Germanistik bzw. Deutschen Philologie. Im Vordergrund steht die Vermittlung grammatischer Erkenntnisprozesse und Argumentationsweisen auf Basis konkreten sprachlichen Materials. Es wird kein spezieller theoretischer Rahmen angenommen, aber nach der Lektüre sollten Leser in der Lage sein, sowohl deskriptiv ausgerichtete Forschungsartikel als auch theorienahe Einführungen lesen zu können. Das Buch enthält zahlreiche Übungsaufgaben, die im Anhang gelöst werden.Die zweite Auflage ist vor allem auf Basis von Rückmeldungen aus Lehrveranstaltungen entstanden und enthält zahlreiche Korrekturen und größere Überarbeitungen. Das Kapitel zur Phonologie wurde vom Autor nahezu vollständig neu geschrieben, vor allem um relevante Generalisierungen des Silbenbaus besser zu erfassen."

The empirical base of linguistics: Grammaticality judgments and linguistic methodology

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Book Series: Classics in Linguistics ISBN: 9783946234036 9783946234043 Year: Pages: 244 + xix Language: English
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Throughout much of the history of linguistics, grammaticality judgments – intuitions about the well-formedness of sentences – have constituted most of the empirical base against which theoretical hypothesis have been tested. Although such judgments often rest on subtle intuitions, there is no systematic methodology for eliciting them, and their apparent instability and unreliability have led many to conclude that they should be abandoned as a source of data.

The evolution of case grammar

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Book Series: Computational Models of Language Evolution ISBN: 9783946234333 9783944675848 9783944675855 Year: Pages: 252 Language: English
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"There are few linguistic phenomena that have seduced linguists so skillfully as grammatical case has done.Ever since Panini (4th Century BC), case has claimed a central role in linguistic theory and continues to do so today. However, despite centuries worth of research, case has yet to reveal its most important secrets. This book offers breakthrough explanations for the understanding of case through agent-based experiments in cultural language evolution. The experiments demonstrate that case systems may emerge because they have a selective advantage for communication: they reduce the cognitive effort that listeners need for semantic interpretation, while at the same time limiting the cognitive resources required for doing so."

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