The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide

Paperback | December 27, 2014

byAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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This book introduces the principles and practice of writing a comprehensive reference grammar. Several thousand distinct languages are currently spoken across the globe, each with its own grammatical system and its own selection of diverse grammatical structures. Comprehensive referencegrammars offer a basis for understanding linguistic diversity and can provide a unique perspective into the structure and social and cognitive underpinnings of different languages. Alexandra Aikhenvald describes the means of collecting, analysing, and organizing data for use in this type of grammar, and discusses the typological parameters that can be used to explore relationships with other languages. She considers how a grammar can made to reflect and bring to life thesociety of its speakers through background explanation and the judicious choice of examples, as well as by showing how its language, history, and culture are intertwined. She ends with a full glossary of terms and guidance for those wanting to explore a particular linguistic phenomenon or languagefamily. The Art of Grammar is the ideal resource for students and teachers of linguistics, language studies, and inductively-oriented linguistic, cultural, and social anthropology.

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This book introduces the principles and practice of writing a comprehensive reference grammar. Several thousand distinct languages are currently spoken across the globe, each with its own grammatical system and its own selection of diverse grammatical structures. Comprehensive referencegrammars offer a basis for understanding linguisti...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683220

ISBN - 13:9780199683222

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: To write a grammar2. A language and its setting3. Basics4. Sounds and their functions5. Word classes6. Nouns7. Verbs8. Adjectives and adverbs9. Closed classes10. Who does what to whom: grammatical relations11. Clause and sentence types12. Clause linking and complex clauses13. Language in context14. Why is a language the way it is?15. How to create a grammar and how to read oneGlossaryReferences