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By R. M. W. Dixon

ISBN-10: 0198766815

ISBN-13: 9780198766810

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ISBN-13: 9780198817833

This ebook units out to respond to a query that many linguists were hesitant to invite: are a few languages higher than others? will we say, for example, that simply because German has 3 genders and French in basic terms , German is a greater language during this appreciate? Jarawara, spoken within the Amazonian jungle, has methods of unveiling ownership: one for a component (e.g. 'Father's foot') and the opposite for whatever that's owned and will accept away or offered (e.g. 'Father's knife');
is it therefore a greater language than English, which marks all ownership within the similar way?

R. M. W. Dixon starts by means of outlining what he feels are the basic parts of any language, corresponding to the power to pose questions, command activities, and supply statements. He then discusses fascinating positive aspects together with gender contract, tenses, and articles, earlier than concluding along with his view of what the appropriate language may seem like - and a proof of why it doesn't and possibly by no means will exist. Written within the author's traditional obtainable and fascinating variety, and entire of private anecdotes
and strange linguistic phenomena, the e-book could be of curiosity to all normal language lovers in addition to to a linguistics scholar viewers, and especially to someone with an curiosity in linguistic typology.

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