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Canonical Morphology and Syntax

Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, and Greville G. Corbett


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 (e.g. 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 of world-class scholars in the field, the book addresses the issue of cross-linguistic comparability, illustrates the wide range of ... More

Keywords: canonical typology, morphology, syntax, correspondence problem, gender, negation, finiteness, clitic, anaphora, possession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dunstan Brown, editor
Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

Marina Chumakina, editor
Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

Greville G. Corbett, editor
Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey