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Canonical Morphology and Syntax, Hardback Book


This is the first book to present Canonical Typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages.

The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed.

In this way, the issue of fit becomes a matter of greater or lesser proximity to a canonical ideal.

Drawing on the expertise ofworld class scholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the range of areas - from morphosyntactic features to reported speech - to which linguists are currently applying this methodology, and explores to what degree the approach succeeds indiscovering the elusive canon of linguistic phenomena.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Tables, Figures
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Grammar, syntax
  • ISBN: 9780199604326


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