A Comparative Typology of English and German: Unifying the Contrasts

1st Edition

John A. Hawkins

Routledge
Published February 2, 2017
Reference - 258 Pages
ISBN 9781138919228 - CAT# Y202125
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

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Summary

First published in 1986, this book draws together analyses of English and German. It defines the contrasts and similarities between the two languages and, in particular, looks at the question of whether contrasts in one area of the grammar is systematically related to contrasts in another, and whether there is any ‘directionality’ or unity to contrast throughout grammar as a whole. It is suggested that there is, and that English and German can serve as a case study for a more general typology of languages than we now have.

This volume will be of interest to a wide range of linguists, including students of Germanic languages; language typologists; generative grammarians attempting to ‘fix the parameters’ on language variation;’ historical linguists; and applied linguists.

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