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The Universal Structure of Categories: Towards a Formal Typology

The Universal Structure of Categories: Towards a Formal Typology (Hardback)

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Using data from a variety of languages such as Blackfoot, Halkomelem, and Upper Austrian German, this book explores a range of grammatical categories and constructions, including tense, aspect, subjunctive, case and demonstratives. It presents a new theory of grammatical categories - the Universal Spine Hypothesis - and reinforces generative notions of Universal Grammar while accommodating insights from linguistic typology. In essence, this new theory shows that language-specific categories are built from a small set of universal categories and language-specific units of language. Throughout the book the Universal Spine Hypothesis is compared to two alternative theories - the Universal Base Hypothesis and the No Base Hypothesis. This valuable addition to the field will be welcomed by graduate students and researchers in linguistics.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectPhilosophy of languageLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectUsage & Grammar GuidesLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsGrammar, syntax Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 24/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781107038516  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Martina Wiltschko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

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