Canonical Morphology and Syntax by Dunstan Brown

Canonical Morphology and Syntax

EditorDunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, Greville G. Corbett

Hardcover | December 1, 2012

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This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space inwhich language-specific instances can be placed. In this way, the issue of fit becomes a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal. Drawing on the expertise of world class scholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the range ofareas - from morphosyntactic features to reported speech - to which linguists are currently applying this methodology, and explores to what degree the approach succeeds in discovering the elusive canon of linguistic phenomena.

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Dunstan Brown is a member of the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey and, Professor at the University of York. His research interests include autonomous morphology, morphology-syntax interaction and typology. His recent work has focused on describing and understanding different aspects of morphological complexity, notably The...
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Title:Canonical Morphology and SyntaxFormat:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:December 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604320

ISBN - 13:9780199604326

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Table of Contents

1. Dunstan Brown and Marina Chumakina: What there might be and what there is: an introduction to Canonical Typology2. Oliver Bond: A base for canonical negation3. Greville G. Corbett: Canonical morphosyntactic features4. Nicholas Evans: Some problems in the typology of quotation: a canonical approach5. Irina Nikolaeva: Unpacking finiteness6. Andrew Spencer and Ana Luis: The canonical clitic7. Anna Siewierska and Dik Bakker: Passive agents: prototypical vs. canonical passives8. Martin Everaert: The criteria for reflexivization9. Irina Nikolaeva and Andrew Spencer: Possession and modification - a perspective from Canonical Typology10. Scott Farrar: An ontological approach to Canonical Typology: laying the foundations for e-linguisticsReferencesAuthor IndexLanguage IndexSubject Index