A Cross-linguistic Typology

  • Edited by R. M. W. Dixon

    Edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:September 2009

    Online ISBN:9780511486241

    Hardback ISBN:9780521818995

    Paperback ISBN:9780521046053

  • Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511486241

    Subjects: Morphology

A distinguished international group of scholars analyze the concept of "word" and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages. The languages include Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West African, Balkan, Caucasian and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language. They exhibit a great range of phonological, morphological and grammatical characteristics, enabling the contributors to refine the definition of a "word" against this broad linguistic landscape. The book is of interest to scholars of linguistic typology and of morphology.


"This book offers a wealth of information on the status of the 'word' in a typologically and geographically diverse set of languages, both oral and signed...[E]xcellent." Studies in the Linguistic Sciences

'… every chapter is written in a very clear style [and] the book can be used by a wide range of readers …' Journal of Phonology

'… raises a whole range of fundamental questions …' Journal of Linguistics

' … this book provides stimulating information on word types in a number of different languages, including several found outside of Indo-european, and therefore should be included in any cross-linguistic survey of word types.' Linguistische Berichte