Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists by Thomas E. Payne

By Thomas E. Payne

present estimates are that round 3,000 of the 6,000 languages now spoken may perhaps turn into extinct throughout the subsequent century. a few 4,000 of those current languages have by no means been defined, or defined purely inadequately. This booklet is a consultant for linguistic fieldworkers who desire to write an outline of the morphology and syntax of 1 of those many under-documented languages. It makes use of examples from many languages either popular and nearly unknown; it deals readers one attainable define for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to aid them tackle the foremost themes. The appendices provide advice on textual content and elicited facts, and on pattern reference grammars which readers may well desire to consult.

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