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Basic Linguistic Theory Volume 3

Further Grammatical Topics

R. M. W. Dixon

May 2012

ISBN: 9780199571109

576 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

In Stock

Price: £39.99

R. M. W. Dixon provides a comprehensive guide to the nature of human languages and their description and analysis. The 3 volumes comprise a one-stop introduction for undergraduate and graduate students of linguistics. "Truly a guide for the perplexed. Basic Linguistic Theory is destined to be a classic." Nick Enfield

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R. M. W. Dixon provides a comprehensive guide to the nature of human languages and their description and analysis. The 3 volumes comprise a one-stop introduction for undergraduate and graduate students of linguistics.
"Truly a guide for the perplexed. Basic Linguistic Theory is destined to be a classic." - Nick Enfield

  • A one-stop text on how to do linguistics and think about language
  • Written by one of the world's top linguists
  • A lasting monument to innovative scholarship
  • The final volume of a trilogy already seen as a classic

About the Author(s)

R. M. W. Dixon, Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Table of Contents

    19: Non-spatial Setting
    20: Number Systems
    21: Negation
    22: Reflexive and Reciprocal Constructions
    23: Pivots, Passives,and Antipassives
    24: Causatives
    25: Applicatives
    26: Comparative Constructions
    27: Questions
    28: Language and the World: explanations now and needed
    Appendix

Reviews

"There can be little doubt that Basic Linguistic Theory is a valuable addition to the linguistic literature, both as a broadly conceived typological study and as an inspiring guide to grammar writers ... BLT covers the principal parts of grammar and probably more extensively so than any other single book of its kind." - Steffen Haurholm-Larsen, Studies in Language

"These books are monumental and destined to become classics, equatable to the two volumes entitled Language by Sapir (1921) and Bloomfield (1933), and to Givón's Syntax, volumes 1 (1984) and 2 (1990) but in each case surpassing them in scope, detail, rigor, and coherence. Dixon presents a complete, fully articulated, and cohesive explication of grammar, with extensive elaboration on every major grammatical structure found in the world's languages, as well as many minor ones.... This is a masterwork ... a lasting reference for grammar writers, typologists, grammatical theorists, and all those fascinated by the complexities of linguistic systems and grammatical analysis." - Carol Genetti,Language