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Exploring Language Structure
A Student's Guide

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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.

    • Provides hundreds of well-glossed examples from languages in all areas of the world
    • Describes linguistic concepts using clear analogies from everyday life
    • Contains almost 100 practical exercises based on data from a variety of languages
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511138331
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Analytical methods of morphology and syntax
    • Applied Syntax and Morphology
    • Morpho-syntax
    • Morphology and Syntax
    • Structure in Language
  • Author

    Thomas Payne, University of Oregon
    Thomas E. Payne is Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon, and International Linguistics Consultant at SIL International.

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