Felix K. Ameka, Alan Dench, Nicholas Evans's Catching Language: The Standing Challenge of Grammar Writing PDF

By Felix K. Ameka, Alan Dench, Nicholas Evans

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Descriptive grammars are our major car for documenting and analysing the linguistic constitution of the world's 6,000 languages. they create jointly, in a single position, a coherent remedy of ways the entire language works, and hence shape the first resource of data on a given language, consulted via a variety of clients: areal experts, typologists, theoreticians of any a part of language (syntax, morphology, phonology, old linguistics etc.), and contributors of the speech groups involved. The writing of a descriptive grammar is an enormous highbrow problem, that calls at the grammarian to stability a admire for the language's unique genius with an understanding of ways different languages paintings, to mix rigour with clarity, to depict structural regularities whereas respecting a corpus of genuine fabric, and to symbolize anything of the local speaker's competence whereas recognising the adaptation inherent in any speech group. regardless of a contemporary surge of understanding of the necessity to rfile little-known languages, there is not any publication that focusses at the manifold concerns that face the writer of a descriptive grammar. This quantity brings jointly members who method the matter from a variety of angles. such a lot have written descriptive grammars themselves, yet others symbolize forms of reader. one of the issues they handle are: total problems with grammar layout, the complementary roles of outsider and local speaker grammarians, the stability among grammar and lexicon, cross-linguistic comparison, the function of clarification in grammatical description, the interaction of thought and a number fieldwork equipment in language description, the demanding situations of describing languages of their cultural and old context, and the tensions among linguistic particularity, confirmed perform of specific colleges of linguistic description and the necessity for a universally commensurable analytic framework. This publication will renew the sphere of grammaticography, addressing a a number of readership of descriptive linguists, typologists, and formal linguists, by means of bringing jointly a number exotic practitioners from world wide to handle those questions.

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