Language Typology: A Functional Perspective

Alice Caffarel, J. R. Martin, Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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This book is intended as a systemic functional contribution to language typology both for those who would like to understand and describe particular languages against the background of generalizations about a wide range of languages and also for those who would like to develop typological accounts that are based on and embody descriptions of the systems of particular languages (rather than isolated constructions). The book is a unique contribution in at least two respects. On the one hand, it is the first book based on systemic functional theory that is specifically concerned with language typology. On the other hand, the book combines the particular with the general in the description of languages: it presents comparable sketches of particular languages while at the same time identifying generalizations based on the languages described here as well as on other languages.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages700
ISBN (Electronic)9789027247667
ISBN (Print)9789027294951
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

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