Exploring Language Structure: A Student's Guide

Exploring Language Structure: A Student's Guide

by Thomas Payne
     
 

ISBN-10: 052185542X

ISBN-13: 9780521855426

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

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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.

Clearly describes the basic methods and techniques for analyzing the syntax and morphology of any language

Contains almost 100 practical exercises based on data from a variety of languages

Provides hundreds of well-glossed examples from languages in all areas of the world

Explains linguistic concepts using clear analogies from everyday life

Provides a solid foundation for more advanced courses in linguistic analysis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855426
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction to morphology and syntax1
2Morphological processes and conceptual categories32
3Morphophonemics63
4Word classes93
5Exploring subclasses133
6Constituent structure152
7Language typology189
8Grammatical relations210
9Voice and valence237
10Multi-clause constructions288

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