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Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 17:58
  I would to tell you about a fancinating book I've found in the
library. _Linguistic_Diversity_in_Space_and_Time by Johanna Nichols
is about typology as a population science, and compares 174 languages
from around the world. Among the categories studied are word classes,
gender, inalienables, inclusives, word order, head/dependent marking and
plurality neutralization. The languages include Sumerian, Chechen,
colloquial French(vso word order), !Kung, Dyirbal, Quechua, and Miwok.
There are many examples of each category, i.e. nested cases from
Australia, serial verbs, relational nouns, the five genders of Chechen.
There are also references to construct states, Georgian adverbial case,
and many other interesting structures and forms.
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