Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction

ORCID logoZygmunt Frajzyngier | University of Colorado
Erin Shay | University of Colorado
ISBN 9789027229632 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588114365 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027295569 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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This book proposes a framework for describing languages through the description of relationships among lexicon, morphology, syntax, and phonology. The framework is based on the notion of formal coding means; the principle of functional transparency; the notion of functional domains; and the notion of systems interaction in the coding of functional domains. The study is based on original analyses of cross-linguistic data.

The fundamental finding of the study is that different languages may code different functional domains, which must be discovered by analyzing the formal means available in each language. The first part of the book proposes a methodology for discovering functional domains and the second part describes the properties of various functional domains.

The book presents new cross-linguistic analyses of theoretical issues including agreement; phenomena attributed to government; nominal classification; prerequisites for and implications of linear order coding; and defining characteristics of lexical categories.

The study also contributes new analyses of specific problems in individual languages.

[Typological Studies in Language, 55] 2003.  xviii, 309 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“In this extremely interesting book (hereafter ELS), the authors present a resolutely inductive, empiricist framework for understanding language structure and function. [...] ELS is highly recommended for typologists and syntacticians. Formalists, functionalists, and typologists will all find much to disagree with, but in most cases it will be an educational experience. [...] The strength of ELS lie in its fundamental principles, and in the series of impressive analyses which serve to illustrate the application of these principles.”
“It is a pleasure to read a theoretical book where theory serves our understanding of languages rather than vice versa. The book challenges one to think about the basic architecture of language and recommends itself as stimulating and thought-provoking reading for typologists, descriptive linguists, and for anyone dealing with issues of morphological and syntactic theory.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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