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Linguistic Typology

Jae Jung Song

January 2018

ISBN: 9780199677498

544 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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This textbook provides a critical introduction to major research topics and current approaches in linguistic typology. It draws on a wide range of cross-linguistic data to describe what linguistic typology has revealed about language in general and about the rich variety of ways in which meaning and expression are achieved in the world's languages.

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This textbook provides a critical introduction to major research topics and current approaches in linguistic typology. It draws on a wide range of cross-linguistic data to describe what linguistic typology has revealed about language in general and about the rich variety of ways in which meaning and expression are achieved in the world's languages.

  • Offers an up-to-date critical discussion of key theoretical concepts and methodological issues
  • Draws on data from a wide range of diverse languages
  • Each chapter includes study questions and suggestions for further reading

About the Author(s)

Jae Jung Song, University of Otago

Jae Jung Song was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Otago. His research interests included linguistic typology, Korean linguistics, Oceanic linguistics, and language policy. He is the author of Linguistic Typology: Morphology and Syntax (Longman, 2001), The Korean Language: Structure, Use and Context (Routledge, 2005), and Word Order (CUP, 2012), and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology (OUP, 2010; paperback 2013). He has held visiting appointments with Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) and La Trobe University (Melbourne).

Table of Contents

    1: Linguistic typology: An introductory overview
    Part I Foundations: Theory and method
    2: Unity and diversity in the world's languages
    3: Typological analysis
    4: Linguistic typology and other theoretical approaches
    5: Language samples and sampling methods
    6: Data collection: Sources, issues and problem
    7: Typological asymmetry: Economy, iconicity, and frequency
    8: Categories, prototypes, and semantic maps
    Part II Empirical dimensions
    9: Phonological typology
    10: Basic word order
    11: Case alignment
    12: Grammatical relations
    13: Valency-manipulating operations
    14: Person marking
    15: Evidentiality marking

Reviews

"Jae Jung Song covers a great variety of topics, both related to theoretical (such as explanation in typology and sampling of languages) and empirical aspects (such as phonological typology and case marking) of the field, which is the best way to present it to readers. The book is a brilliant testament to the authors 25 years of teaching and research in linguistic typology." - Seppo Kittilä, University of Helsinki