Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

3-2003

Abstract

Written by a scholar known for his innovative analyses of genetically and typologically varied languages, this comprehensive introduction will not disappoint the student or teacher yearning for a more diverse sampling of languages. At the same time, the discussion is attentive to various competing syntactic formalisms and offers a firm grounding in contemporary linguistic theory along with exposure to a wide range of typological variation. Engaging and logical from beginning to end, it opens with the practical, yet intriguing question, 'How does an Aborigine from central Australia, a Basque from Spain or an inhabitant of the island of Madagascar put a sentence together?' The answer to this deceptively simple question occupies the rest of the book.

Publication Title

Language

Volume

79

Issue

1

First Page

225

Last Page

225

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Grammar, Comparative and general--Syntax

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Van Valin, Robert D. An introduction to syntax

Genre/Form

reviews (documents)

Type

Text

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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