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Descriptive Grammars


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The rise of language typology and and increasing interest in the study of language universals have produced a large number of theoreticians who require accurate, well-formulated descriptive data from a wide range of languages. The Descriptive Grammars series provides the required framework, making cross-language comparisons possible and enabling a really fruitful interaction between theoretical and descriptive linguistics. A wide variety of well-known and lesser-known languages are covered and the information is arranged to be readily accessable to linguists working on language universals, language typology, comparative syntax, morphology, or phonology.

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Tuvaluan A Polynesian Language of the Central Pacific.

Tuvaluan: A Polynesian Language of the Central Pacific.

1st Edition

By Niko Besnier
August 03, 2016

Tuvaluan is a Polynesian language spoken by the 9,000 inhabitants of the nine atolls of Tuvalu in the Central Pacific, as well as small and growing Tuvaluan communities in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. This grammar is the first detailed description of the structure of Tuvaluan, one of the least...

Evenki

Evenki

1st Edition

By Igor Nedjalkov
October 11, 2010

Evenki is one of the nine Tungusic languages spoken in Siberia and Northern China. This books gives a complete description of all this language's linguistics domains. Evenki is remarkable for both the vast area where it is spoken- from Western Siberia to the Amur regions and from the shores of the ...

Turkish

Turkish

1st Edition

By Jaklin Kornfilt
April 01, 2010

Turkish is spoken by about fifty million people in Turkey and is the co-official language of Cyprus. Whilst Turkish has a number of properties that are similar to those of other Turkic languages, it has distinct and interesting characteristics which are given full coverage in this book. Jaklin ...

Catalan

Catalan

1st Edition

By Jose Ignacio Hualde
August 10, 2010

Among the languages of Europe spoken by bilingual communities, Catalan has a special status because of its vitality. Catalan enjoys official recognition in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, in spain and in the principality of Andorra. Catalan is of importance within the Romance family ...

Koromfe

Koromfe

1st Edition

By John Rennison
October 23, 2013

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Ndyuka

Ndyuka

1st Edition

By George L. Huttar, Mary L. Huttar
October 23, 2013

First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Nigerian Pidgin

Nigerian Pidgin

1st Edition

By Nick Faraclas
October 23, 2013

This is the first comprehensive grammar of Nigerian Pidgin. This book provides basic descriptive and analytical treatment of the syntax, morphology and phonology of a language which may soon become the most widely spoken in all of Africa....

Wari

Wari

1st Edition

By Daniel L. Everett, Barbara Kern
October 23, 2013

This is the first major study of any Chapakuran language and makes an important contribution to linguistic theory. This study is especially timely as the Chapakuran languages of Western Brazil and Eastern Bolivia are endangered, and less than 2,000 known speakers of Wari and its related dialects ...

Malayalam

Malayalam

1st Edition

By R. E. Asher
July 26, 2012

Malayalam is one of the four major Dravidian languages spoken principally in the southern part of India. It has a recorded history of eight centuries and is spoken by more than thirty million people on the Malabar coast of southern IndiaThis is the first detailed description of Malayalam, providing...

Punjabi

Punjabi

1st Edition

By Tej Bhatia
August 10, 2010

Punjabi is the language of the Punjab - the land of five rivers - of northern India and Pakistan. Primarily written in three distinct scripts, a unique feature of the language is that, along with Lahanda and the Western Pahari dialects, it is the only modern Indo-European language spoken in ...

Maltese

Maltese

1st Edition

By Marie Azzopardi-Alexander, Albert Borg
November 14, 2012

Focusing primarily on Standard Maltese, the authors clarify many areas which, until now, remain undefined, with emphasis on syntax and intonation. English loanwords continue to find their way into Standard Maltese, especially as the Maltese inhabitants become increasingly bilingual, and the ...

Finnish

Finnish

1st Edition

By Merja Karalainen, Helena Sulkala
February 05, 2013

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

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