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Word
A Cross-linguistic Typology

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R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Anthony C. Woodbury, John Henderson, Ulrike Zeshan, Robert Rankin, John Boyle, Randolph Graczyk, John Koontz, Knut J. Olawsky, Alice C. Harris, Brian Joseph, P. H. Matthews
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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521818995

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  • A distinguished international group of scholars analyze the concept of "word" and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages. The languages include Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West African, Balkan, Caucasian and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language. They exhibit a great range of phonological, morphological and grammatical characteristics, enabling the contributors to refine the definition of a "word" against this broad linguistic landscape. The book is of interest to scholars of linguistic typology and of morphology.

    • The concept of 'word' seems very simple, but becomes fraught with difficulty when applied to languages very different from our own, as comparative linguists often have to do
    • This book covers languages from five continents, both spoken and signed, in order to arrive at a better understanding of this elusive concept
    • The editors and contributors are internationally known for their work in this field, and wrote specially commissioned essays for this volume
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    "This book offers a wealth of information on the status of the 'word' in a typologically and geographically diverse set of languages, both oral and signed...[E]xcellent." Studies in the Linguistic Sciences

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    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521818995
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    1. Word: a typological framework R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    2. Typological parameters for the study of clitics, with special reference to Tariana Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    3. The word in Cup'ik Anthony C. Woodbury
    4. The word in Eastern/Central Arrernte John Henderson
    5. The eclectic morphology of Jarawara, and the status of word R. M. W. Dixon
    6. Towards a notion of 'word' in sign languages Ulrike Zeshan
    7. Synchronic and diachronic perspective on 'word' in Siouan Robert Rankin, John Boyle, Randolph Graczyk and John Koontz
    8. What is a word in Dagbani Knut J. Olawksy
    9. The word in Georgian Alice C. Harris
    10. The word in Modern Greek Brian Joseph
    11. What can we conclude? P. H. Matthews
    Index of authors
    Index of languages and language families
    Index of subjects.

  • Editors

    R. M. W. Dixon, La Trobe University, Victoria
    R. M. W. Dixon is Director and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University.

    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Director and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University.

    Contributors

    R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Anthony C. Woodbury, John Henderson, Ulrike Zeshan, Robert Rankin, John Boyle, Randolph Graczyk, John Koontz, Knut J. Olawsky, Alice C. Harris, Brian Joseph, P. H. Matthews

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