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- DescriptionThe discovery of 'linguistic universals' - the properties that all languages have in common - is a fundamental goal of linguistic research. Linguists face the task of accounting for why languages, which apparently differ so greatly from one ather on the surface, display striking similarities in their underlying structure. This volume brings together a team of leading experts to show how different linguistic theories have approached this challenge. Drawing on work from both formal and functional perspectives, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most table work on linguistic universals - with chapters on syntax, semantics, phology, morphology and typology - and explores a range of central issues, such as the relationship between linguistic universals and the language faculty, and what linguistic universals can tell us about our biological make-up and cognitive abilities. Clear and succinct, it will be invaluable to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the phemen that is human language.
- Author BiographyRicardo Mairal is Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED). Juana Gil is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED).
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication19/10/2006
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight310 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edited byJuana Gil,Ricardo Mairal
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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