Download E-books Focus Strategies in African Languages: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) PDF

Over the past 20 years, concentration has turn into a well known subject in significant fields in linguistic study (syntax, semantics, phonology). concentration thoughts in African Languages contributes to the continuing dialogue of concentration by way of investigating focus-related phenomena in various African languages, so much of that have been under-represented within the theoretical literature on concentration. The articles within the quantity examine concentration ideas in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic languages from a number of theoretical and methodological views, starting from specified generative research to cautious typological generalization throughout languages. Their universal objective is to deepen our figuring out of no matter if and the way the information-structural classification of concentration is represented and marked in average language. themes investigated are, between others, the relation of concentration and prosody, the consequences of knowledge constitution on notice order, ex situ as opposed to in situ options of concentration marking, the stock of concentration marking units, concentration and comparable structures, focus-sensitive debris. the current inquiry into the point of interest platforms of African languages has repercussions on current theories of concentration. It unearths new concentration thoughts in addition to fine-tuned concentration differences that aren't mentioned within the theoretical literature, that is virtually completely according to well-documented intonation languages.

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Download E-books Split Possession: An areal-linguistic study of the alienability correlation and related phenomena in the languages of Europe (Studies in Language Companion Series) PDF

This publication is a functional-typological research of ownership splits in eu languages. It exhibits that genetically and structurally various languages similar to Icelandic, Welsh, and Maltese demonstrate possessive platforms that are delicate to semantically dependent differences resembling the alienability correlation. those differences are grammatically suitable in lots of eu languages simply because they require committed buildings. What makes those cut up possessive platforms attention-grabbing for the linguist is the interplay of semantic standards with pragmatics and syntax. Neutralisation of differences happens lower than concentration. an analogous occurs if one of many components of a possessive development is syntactically heavy. those results could be saw within the majority of the 50 pattern languages. Possessive splits are powerful in these languages that are outdoors the normal usual ecu team. the majority of the ecu languages don't behave a lot in a different way from these non-European languages for which ownership splits are mentioned. The e-book unearths attention-grabbing new proof approximately eu languages and ownership to typologists, universals researchers, and areal linguists.

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Download E-books The Grammar of Q: Q-Particles, Wh-Movement, and Pied-Piping (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax) PDF

By Seth Cable

The Grammar of Q places forth a singular syntactic and semantic research of wh-questions, person who is predicated upon in-depth research of the Tlingit language, an endangered and under-documented language of North the US. an important final result of this new process is that the phenomenon classically dubbed "pied-piping" doesn't really exist.

Cable starts off via arguing that wh-fronting in Tlingit doesn't contain a syntactic dating among interrogative C and the wh-word. quite, it comprises a probe/Agree relation among C and an overt "Q-particle" (or "Q") c-commanding the wh-word. Fronting of the wh-word in Tlingit is a trifling spinoff of fronting the QP projected by means of this Q. From this middle remark, he develops a syntax and semantics for Tlingit wh-questions.

Given the robust similarity among the wh-constructions of Tlingit and people of extra commonly studied languages, Cable applies his research to a number different languages and unearths that one of these "Q-based" thought holds a couple of fascinating effects in syntax and semantics.

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Download E-books A Notional Theory of Syntactic Categories (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics) PDF

By John M. Anderson

This publication provides an cutting edge thought of syntactic different types and the lexical periods they outline. It revives the conventional concept that those are to be special notionally (semantically). the writer proposes a notation in accordance with semantic good points that bills for the syntactic habit of sessions. The e-book additionally provides a case for contemplating this classification--again in a slightly conventional vein--to be easy to opting for the syntactic constitution of sentences.

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Download E-books Classifiers: A Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory) PDF

By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Just about all languages have a few grammatical capability for categorizing nouns. This publication offers a complete and unique research of noun categorization units around the world. it is going to curiosity typologists, these operating within the fields of morphosyntactic edition and lexical semantics, in addition to anthropologists and all different students drawn to the mechanisms of human cognition.

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Download E-books English Algorithmic Grammar PDF

By Hristo Georgiev

The final aim of Computational Linguistics is to educate the pc to appreciate usual Language. This learn monograph provides an outline of English in keeping with algorithms which might be programmed right into a laptop to examine ordinary language texts. The algorithmic method makes use of sequence of directions, written in common Language and organised in stream charts, with the purpose of analysing yes features of the grammar of a sentence.

One challenge with textual content processing is the trouble in distinguishing notice types that belong to elements of speech taken out of context. in an effort to clear up this challenge, Hristo Georgiev starts off with the belief that each notice is both a verb or a non-verb. From the following he offers an set of rules which permits the pc to recognize elements of speech which to a human will be visible notwithstanding the which means of the phrases. Emphasis for a working laptop or computer is put on verbs, nouns, participles and adjectives. English Algorithmic Grammar provides details for desktops to realize tenses, syntax, parsing, reference, and clauses.

The ultimate chapters of the booklet study the extra functions of an algorithmic method of English grammar, and indicates ways that the pc should be programmed to recognize which means. this can be an cutting edge, state of the art method of computational linguistics that would be crucial interpreting for teachers discovering computational linguistics, laptop translation and normal language processing.

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Download E-books A Grammar of Cavineña (Mouton Grammar Library) PDF

This publication is a close high quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavineña language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken within the Amazonian rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, a space the place the indigenous languages are almost unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan relatives, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the broad fieldwork carried out through the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and according to common discourse info, the grammar offers a close and copiously exemplified account of so much elements of the language, increase from easy degrees (phonetic and phonological) to better degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra complete description of a similar point in particular chapters. The language encompasses a variety of strange gains that might be of curiosity to typologist linguists, corresponding to an strange pitch accessory process, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes  case markers, an difficult predicate constitution, a process of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a weird prefix e  that attaches to nouns coding physique elements and a fancy method of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently particular grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages will be similar, specifically the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants historical past of this a part of South the US.

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