Language Description Informed by Theory

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  • Editors: Rob Pensalfini1, Myfany Turpin1, and Diana Guillemin2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027270917

This volume explores how linguistic theories inform the ways in which languages are described. Theories, as representations of linguistic categories, guide the field linguist to look for various phenomena without presupposing their necessary existence and provide the tools to account for various sets of data across different languages. A goal of linguistic description is to represent the full range of language structures for any given language. The chapters in this book cover various sub-disciplines of linguistics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, and anthropological linguistics, drawing upon theoretical approaches such as prosodic Phonology, Enhancement theory, Distributed Morphology, Minimalist syntax, Lexical Functional Grammar, and Kinship theory. The languages described in this book include Australian languages (Pama-Nyungan and non-Pama-Nyungan), Romance languages as well as English. This volume will be of interest to researchers in both descriptive and theoretical linguistics.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Anthropological Linguistics; Language documentation

  • Affiliations: 1: The University of Queensland; 2: Griffith University

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