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Exploring Language Structure: A Student's Guide
     

Exploring Language Structure: A Student's Guide

by Thomas Payne
 

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ISBN-10: 0521671507

ISBN-13: 9780521671507

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671507
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
Student Edition
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
1,129,836
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to morphology and syntax; 2. Morphological processes and conceptual categories; 3. Morphophonemics; 4. Word classes; 5. Exploring sub-classes; 6. Constituent structure; 7. Language typology; 8. Grammatical relations; 9. Voice and valence; 10. Multi-clause constructions.

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