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Introducing Language Typology (Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics)

Introducing Language Typology (Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics)

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Edith A. Moravcsik
Cambridge University Press, 12/20/2012
EAN 9780521152624, ISBN10: 0521152623

Paperback, 322 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Language typology identifies similarities and differences among languages of the world. This textbook provides an introduction to the subject which assumes minimal prior knowledge of linguistics. It offers the broadest coverage of any introductory book, including sections on historical change, language acquisition, and language processing. Students will become familiar with the subject by working through numerous examples of crosslinguistic generalizations and diversity in syntax, morphology, and phonology, as well as vocabulary, writing systems, and signed languages. Chapter outlines and summaries, key words, a glossary, and copious literature references help the reader understand and internalize what they have read, while activities at the end of each chapter reinforce key points.

1. What is language typology?
2. The worlds of words
3. Assembling words
4. Dissembling words
5. The sounds of languages
6. Language in flux
7. Explaining crosslinguistic preferences.

'Textbooks like Moravcsik's Introducing Language Typology are hard to find. In a clear, logical and readable style, she introduces students not only to the basic concepts and methods in linguistic typology but also to the fundamentals of linguistics. This textbook will be appreciated and loved by students and lecturers alike for many years to come.' Jae Jung Song, University of Otago