An Introduction to Linguistic Typology by Viveka Velupillai


By Viveka Velupillai

This transparent and obtainable advent to linguistic typology covers all linguistic domain names from phonology and morphology over parts-of-speech, the NP and the vice chairman, to basic and complicated clauses, pragmatics and language switch. there's additionally a dialogue on methodological matters in typology. This textbook is the 1st advent that regularly applies the findings of the World Atlas of Language Structures, systematically comprises pidgin and creole languages and devotes a piece to signal languages in each one bankruptcy. All chapters include a number of illustrative examples and particular function maps. keyword phrases and workouts aid evaluate the most subject matters of every bankruptcy. Appendices offer macro information for the entire languages brought up within the ebook in addition to an inventory of websites of typological curiosity. an in depth word list provides at-a-glance definitions of the phrases utilized in the ebook. This advent is designed for college kids of classes with a spotlight on language variety and typology, in addition to typologically-oriented classes in morphology and syntax. The booklet also will function a consultant for box linguists.

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1). 2 respectively). 2) universals. 4 takes a cursory glance at the motivations for language universals. 1 What is typology? To put it very simply, linguistic typology concerns itself with the study of structural differences and similarities between languages. The term typology is, as many other linguistic terms, borrowed from the field of biology and means something like ‘taxonomy’ or ‘classification’ (Croft 2003:â•›1), or, to be precise, “the study and interpretation of types” (Pearsall & Trumble 1996: sv).

Women may use their language differently from men. Or the formality of the situation may influence the language: it is unlikely that we speak in the same way when we give a presentation in front of an audience as when we are sitting at home in our pyjamas having breakfast (if we are at all inclined to speak in the latter situation). The way such social factors play a role in the structure of language is studied in sociolinguistics. For a very accessible introduction to sociolinguistics, see Meyerhoff (2006).

This section will give a very brief overview of pidgins, creoles and mixed languages. It is by necessity a highly simplified sketch of how these languages emerged and should only be taken as a very rough guide to the topic. For a very accessible introduction to pidgins and creoles, see Holm (2000) with further references. For background overviews on individual pidgins and creoles, see Holm (1989). A wealth of information on individual pidgin and creole languages can be found in Michaelis et al.

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