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Functional Categories

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619981

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  • In every language there are descriptive lexical elements, such as evening and whisper, as well as grammatical elements, such as the and -ing. The distinction between these two elements has proven useful in a number of domains, but what is covered by the terms, lexical and grammatical, and the basis on which the distinction is made, appear to vary according to the domain involved. This book analyses the grammatical elements ('functional categories') in language, a topic that has drawn considerable attention in linguistics, but has never been approached from an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective. Muysken considers functional categories from the perspective of grammar, language history, language contact and psychology (including child language and aphasia). Empirically based, the book examines the available converging evidence from these various disciplines, and draws on comparative data from a wide range of different languages.

    • Discusses a topic which has drawn considerable attention in a number of sub-disciplines of linguistics but which has never been approached from an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective
    • Considers functional categories from the perspective of grammar, language history, psychology (including child language and aphasia), and language contact
    • Written in a non-technical style and has a very wide scope so should appeal to psychologists and anthropologists as well as linguists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619981
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 43 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Grammar:
    2. Functional categories and language typology
    3. Lexical, morphological and phonological dimensions of functional categories
    4. Semantics and pragmatics
    5. Theoretical syntax: the generative tradition
    Part II. Historical Linguistics:
    6. Grammaticalisation
    7. Linguistic reconstruction
    Part III. Psycholinguistics:
    8. Speech production
    9. Language development
    10. Agrammatic aphasia and Specific Language Impairment
    11. Language attrition and death
    Part IV. Language Contact and Bilingual Speech:
    12. Sign languages
    13. Code-switching and code-mixing
    14. Lexical borrowing
    15. Pidgin and creole genesis
    16. Mixed languages
    17. Foreigner Talk
    18. Towards a modular and multi-dimensional perspective.

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

    • Morphology
  • Author

    Pieter Muysken, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

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