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Daniels, Don

Grammatical Reconstruction

The Sogeram Languages of New Guinea

Series:Studies in Language Change [SLC] 16

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    2020
    To be published:
    March 2020
    ISBN
    978-3-11-061656-9
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    There is still widespread disagreement among historical linguists about how, or whether, syntactic reconstruction can be done. This book presents a comprehensive methodology for syntactic reconstruction, grounded in a constructional understanding of language. The author then uses that methodology to reconstruct Proto-Sogeram, the ancestor to ten languages in Papua New Guinea. Chapters are devoted to phonology, lexicon, verbal morphosyntax, nominal morphosyntax, and syntactic constructions. The work culminates in a sketch of Proto-Sogeram grammar. Based largely on the author's original fieldwork, this is an innovative application of a novel methodology to new data, and the most complete reconstruction of a Papuan proto-language to date. It will be of interest to scholars of language change, language reconstruction, typology, and Papuan languages.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    xii, 344 pages
    7 Fig. 72 Tables
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Syntactic Reconstruction; Comparative Method; Diachronic Construction Grammar; Trans New Guinea

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    Don Daniels, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA.

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