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By R. M. W. Dixon

ISBN-10: 0198766815

ISBN-13: 9780198766810

ISBN-10: 0198817835

ISBN-13: 9780198817833

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

R. M. W. Dixon starts by means of outlining what he feels are the basic parts of any language, similar to the power to pose questions, command activities, and supply statements. He then discusses fascinating gains together with gender contract, tenses, and articles, sooner than concluding along with his view of what the appropriate language may appear like - and an evidence of why it doesn't and doubtless by no means will exist. Written within the author's ordinary obtainable and fascinating sort, and whole of non-public anecdotes
and strange linguistic phenomena, the booklet could be of curiosity to all normal language lovers in addition to to a linguistics scholar viewers, and especially to an individual with an curiosity in linguistic typology.

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