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By Bernard Comrie

Since its first booklet, Language Universals and Linguistic Typology has develop into proven because the best introductory account of 1 of the most efficient parts of linguistics—the research, comparability, and category of the typical positive factors and sorts of the association of languages. Adopting an method of the topic pioneered by means of Greenberg and others, Bernard Comrie is very involved in syntactico-semantic universals, devoting chapters to notice order, case making, relative clauses, and causative structures. His e-book is trained all through via the conviction that an exemplary account of common homes of human language can't limit itself to simply formal features, nor concentrate on research of a unmarried language. really, it also needs to think about language use, relate formal homes to testable claims approximately cognition and cognitive improvement, and deal with information from quite a lot of languages. This moment version has been revised and up-to-date to take complete account of recent examine in universals and typology some time past decade, and extra normally to contemplate how the procedure recommended right here pertains to fresh advances in generative grammatical theory.

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