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The Art of Grammar

A Practical Guide

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

November 2014

ISBN: 9780199683222

406 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

In Stock

Price: £35.00

This book introduces the principles and practice of writing a comprehensive reference grammar. It describes the means of collecting, analysing, and organizing data, and discusses the typological parameters that can be used to explore relationships with other languages.

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This book introduces the principles and practice of writing a comprehensive reference grammar. It describes the means of collecting, analysing, and organizing data, and discusses the typological parameters that can be used to explore relationships with other languages.

  • A how-to guide to writing a grammar from one of the world's leading linguists
  • Clearly presented, accessible, and theory neutral
  • Offers practical advice drawing on the author's extensive experience of linguistic fieldwork

About the Author(s)

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Distinguished Professor and Director the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University

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, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge University Press, 2003), in addition to essays on various typological and areal features of South American languages. Her other major publications, with OUP, include Language Contact in Amazonia (2002), Evidentiality (2004), The Manambu Language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea, (2008), Imperatives and Commands (2010), and Languages of the Amazon (2012).

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction: To write a grammar
    2: A language and its setting
    3: Basics
    4: Sounds and their functions
    5: Word classes
    6: Nouns
    7: Verbs
    8: Adjectives and adverbs
    9: Closed classes
    10: Who does what to whom: grammatical relations
    11: Clause and sentence types
    12: Clause linking and complex clauses
    13: Language in context
    14: Why is a language the way it is?
    15: How to create a grammar and how to read one
    Glossary
    References