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Re: Books

From:Sylvia Sotomayor <kelen@...>
Date:Thursday, July 31, 2003, 3:10
On Wednesday 30 July 2003 07:46 pm, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> Quoting Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@...>: > > > ianspackman@BTINTERNET.COM writes: > > > > > And while I'm at it, are there any other books essential to the > > > conlanger's bookshelf? (Not that I can afford many, but I can > > > probably stretch to another one if sufficiently recommeded! > > > > I can't think of anything really _essential_, but some books I'd
> > are: > > > > _Gender_ by Greville Corbett > > _Number_ by Greville Corbett > > _Case_ by Barry J. Blake > > _Ergativity_ by RMW Dixon > > Right -- the Cambridge series is truly excellent for introduction > to basic typological issues. Some other ones I've found interesting / > think would be useful are: > > _Case_ by Barry Blake > _Tense_ by Bernard Comrie > _Definiteness_ by Christopher Lyons > _Mood and Modality_ by F. R. Palmer > _Grammatical Roles and Relations_ by F. R. Palmer > (This last one especially should probably be read before reading > Dixon's _Ergativity_, as the latter is not a textbook so much as > a scholarly monograph) > > I personally have not enjoyed Van Valin's volume _Syntax_ as it > is too closely associated with a particular syntactic theory. >
I'd like to add: _Indefinite Pronouns_ Martin Haspelmath (Oxford, not Cambridge...) _Evolution of Grammar_ by Joan Bybee & others (Chicago) [very helpful discussion of the relationships between tense, aspect, modality, & mood across a range of languages & time] & I second all of the ones above, though I don't think I actually own Dixon on Ergativity. Must correct this situation at once! -Sylvia -- Sylvia Sotomayor Kélen language info can be found at: This post may contain the following: á (a-acute) é (e-acute) í (i-acute) ó (o-acute) ú (u-acute) ñ (n-tilde)