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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


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Title: Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces, and Grammaticalization
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 83
Description:

In this new work, Bernd Heine claims that the structure of grammatical
categories is predictable to a large extent once we know the range of
possible cognitive structures from which they are derived. The author uses
as his example the structure of predicative possession, and shows how most
of the possessive constructions to be found in the world's languages can be
traced back to a small set of basic conceptual patterns. Heine identifies
these patterns, and using grammaticalization theory he describes how each
affects the word order and morphosyntax of the resulting possessive
construction. He argues that grammaticalization theory explains much of the
observable typological diversity which characterizes 'have'-constructions
in the world's languages. Illustrated by a wealth of examples, this is an
original and important statement from a leading linguist.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024137
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 290
Prices: U.K.£ 23.99
U.S.$ 43.00