The Linguistic Typology of Templates

The Linguistic Typology of Templates

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This book represents the first comprehensive examination of templatic constructions - namely, linguistic structures involving unexpected linear stipulation - in both morphology and syntax from a typological perspective. It provides a state-of-the-art overview of the previous literature, develops a new typology for categorizing templatic constructions across grammatical domains, and examines their cross-linguistic variation by employing cutting-edge computational methods. It will be of interest to descriptive linguists seeking to gain a better sense of the diversity of the world's templatic constructions, theoretical linguists developing restrictive models of possible templates, and typologists interested in the attested range of patterns of linear stipulation and the application of new kinds of multivariate methods to cross-linguistic data. The new typological framework is illustrated in detail via a number of case studies involving languages of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and numerous other templatic constructions are also considered over the course of the book.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 63 b/w illus. 25 tables
  • 1139057472
  • 9781139057479

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'This book serves as an important gateway into a more productive cross-linguistic understanding of these constructions across a broad range of structural domains. It will quickly become a standard reference for typological investigations of seemingly unrelated templatic phenomena.' Kristine A. Hildebrandt, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
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Table of contents

1. Defining template; 2. A typological description language for templates; 3. Typologizing templates: case studies; 4. Typologizing templates: comparison; 5. Moving forward.
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