Descriptive Grammars

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.

  • Koromfe

    By John Rennison

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

    Paperback – 2013-10-25
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  • Ndyuka

    By George L. Huttar, Mary L. Huttar

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

    Paperback – 2013-10-25
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  • Wari

    By Daniel L. Everett, Barbara Kern

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-10-25
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  • Nigerian Pidgin

    By Nick Faraclas

    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.…

    Paperback – 2013-10-25
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  • Finnish

    By Merja Karalainen, Helena Sulkala

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

    Paperback – 2013-02-05
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  • Maltese

    By Marie Azzopardi-Alexander, Albert Borg

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-09-30
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  • Malayalam

    By R. E. Asher

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-07-26
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  • Gulf Arabic

    By Clive Holes

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

    Paperback – 2011-11-04
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  • Evenki

    By Igor Nedjalkov

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-10-06
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  • Marathi

    By Rajeshwari Pandharipande

    This is a complete grammatical description of Marathi, which belongs to the Indo-European family and is spoken in Maharashtra State in India. It has around 45 million speakers, who comprise about eight per cent of the total population of India. Marathi is particularly interesting from the point of…

    Paperback – 2010-10-05
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  • Rapanui

    A Descriptive Grammar

    By Veronica du Feu

    Rapanui, the language of Easter Island, is in danger of extinction. A Polynesian language, closely related to Maori, it is spoken by less than 2000 people. This description, based on recordings made in the 1980s and on information provided by the islanders, represents Veronica De Feu's…

    Paperback – 2010-10-05
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  • Maori

    By Winifred Bauer

    This descriptive grammar provides a uniquely comprehensive description of Maori, the East Polynesian language of the indigenous people of New Zealand. Today, the language is under threat and it seems likely that the Maori of the future will differ quite considerably from the Maori of the…

    Paperback – 2010-10-05
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  • Hungarian

    By Istvan Kenesei, Robert M. Vago, Anna Fenyvesi

    Hungarian is spoken by 14-15 million people worldwide. A unique language, completely unrelated to the languages of its neighbouring countries, it boasts a grammar full of complex features and vocabulary of basically Uralic (Finno-Ugric) origin. Hungarian addresses current issues in the description…

    Paperback – 2010-10-05
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  • Kashmiri

    A Cognitive-Descriptive Grammar

    By Omkar N. Koul, Kashi Wali

    Kashmir boasts a language which challenges every field of linguistics. Kashmiri is spoken by approximately 3,000,000 people. Its syntax, similar to Germanic and other verb second languages, has raised many significant issues within current generative theories proposed by Chomsky and other prominent…

    Paperback – 2010-10-05
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  • Catalan

    By Jose Ignacio Hualde

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-07-16
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  • Japanese

    Descriptive Grammar

    By John Hinds

    First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2010-06-26
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  • Punjabi

    By Tej Bhatia

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-05-19
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  • Turkish

    By Jaklin Kornfilt

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-04-01
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  • Persian

    By Shahrzad Mahootian

    Persian, or Farsi, is one of the world's oldest languages. Dating back to the sixth century B.C., it is spoken today by over forty million people in Iran and 5 million in Afghanistan. Now available in paperback for the first time, this comprehensive grammar of Persian provides detailed…

    Paperback – 2010-04-01
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  • Tuvaluan

    A Polynesian Language of the Central Pacific.

    By Niko Besnier

    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…

    Hardback – 1999-12-23
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