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A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics [Paperback]

R.L. Trask
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1 July 1993 0415086280 978-0415086288
This dictionary of grammatical terms covers both current and traditional terminology in syntax and morphology. It includes descriptive terms, the major theoretical concepts of the most influential grammatical frameworks, and the chief terms from mathematical and computational linguistics. It contains over 1500 entries, providing definitions and examples, pronunciations, the earliest sources of terms and suggestions for further reading, and recommendations about competing and conflicting usages. The book focuses on non-theory-boumd descriptive terms, which are likely to remain current for some years.
Aimed at students and teachers of linguistics, it allows a reader puzzled by a grammatical term to look it up and locate further reading with ease.

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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415086280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415086288
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 21.3 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two laudable features stand out in this dictionary. First, when a term is known to have several usages, the author attempts to distinguish and exemplify competing and sometimes even contradictory meanings. Second, in many instances, entries include references to sources where the terms were coined or where detailed information about them can be found...Students, teachers, and researchers in linguistics and related disciplines will wecome this work as an instrument that alleviates their problems with grammatical terms and their meanings."-American Reference Books Annual, 1995

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A-bar n. The one-bar projection of the lexical category adjective, posited to provide suitable structures for adjective phrases like very proud of Lisa, analysed as [AP[DegVERY][A[Aproud][ppof Lisa]]]. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This was just the kind of book I needed as a student of Computer Science working on linguistic projects together with linguists. A lot of terms that are commonly used by linguists are explained in a concise way that is easy to understand.
The book seems to cover both elementary terms as well as more advanced concepts. It also contains several "bridges" between linguistic theory and Computer Science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for anyone involved with linguistics! 10 Sep 1999
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Whether you are a linguist, or a person simply trying to make headway understanding an article that uses linguistic terminology (e.g., all those J.R.R. Tolkien fanatics who discover Appendices E and F in The Lord of the Rings and suddenly want to read everything they can get their hands on about Finnish and Welsh grammar but wouldn't know a allative from an allosaurus!) this book's for you. What's best about it, is not only does it give terminology utilized for non-Indo-European languages, but I found it was a great way to get a crash course in some of the latter-day schools of grammar that have erupted through the breaches in the once-solid wall of the stale, sterile, and limited Chomskian paradigm. My only complaint: the book, in addition to simply describing terms, should give more examples and contextual illustrations from actual languages.
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