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By Viveka Velupillai

This transparent and available creation to linguistic typology covers all linguistic domain names from phonology and morphology over parts-of-speech, the NP and the vice chairman, to uncomplicated and intricate clauses, pragmatics and language switch. there's additionally a dialogue on methodological concerns in typology. This textbook is the 1st creation that always applies the findings of the World Atlas of Language Structures, systematically contains pidgin and creole languages and devotes a bit to signal languages in every one bankruptcy. All chapters include a variety of illustrative examples and particular characteristic maps. key terms and workouts support assessment the most themes of every bankruptcy. Appendices supply macro facts for all of the languages pointed out within the booklet in addition to an inventory of sites of typological curiosity. an intensive word list supplies at-a-glance definitions of the phrases utilized in the booklet. This advent is designed for college students of classes with a spotlight on language variety and typology, in addition to typologically-oriented classes in morphology and syntax. The publication also will function a consultant for box linguists.

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This kind of testing is now made easier with large-scale databases. In an effort to test the validity of whether contact languages constitute their own type of language, I consistently compare the patterns found in Michaelis et al. (2013) with those found in Dryer & Haspelmath 15. Here and henceforth I use the expression ‘non-creole(s)’ as a short cut for meaning languages that are not classified as pidgins, creoles or mixed languages. 16 Needless to say, the patterns that emerge from the comparison between the two databases, whether similar or different, do not in any way imply any value judgement about the languages that make up the databases.

I have followed this convention throughout the book. Thus the sign meaning ‘apple’ is glossed APPLE. Sign languages provide 9 10 Introduction to Linguistic Typology a host of information with other means than the hands, so-called non-manual signs. These are usually indicated with a line above the signs that they accompany, with the grammatical analysis indicated with lower case abbreviations. ’ In (2) the glossing indicates that the signs made are ‘apple’, ‘eat’ and ‘allergic’ respectively, and that the non-manual marker for negation accompanies the two first signs.

The absolute majority of signers must also be able to function in the spoken language of the society they live in, if nothing else in written form. 3. Sign languages constitute their own type by virtue of the difference in modality (using visual-gestural communication instead of audio-oral communication). Including sign languages systematically in typological surveys and research will allow us to investigate whether or not this difference in modality actually entails differences in language structure.

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