The Oxford Handbook of Word Classes (Oxford Handbooks) (Hardcover)

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By Eva Van Lier (Editor)
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This handbook explores multiple facets of the study of word classes, also known as parts of speech or lexical categories. These categories are of fundamental importance to linguistic theory and description, both formal and functional, and for both language-internal analyses and cross-linguistic comparison.

The volume consists of five parts that investigate word classes from different angles. Chapters in the first part address a range of fundamental issues including diversity and unity in word classes around the world, categorization at different levels of structure, the distinction between lexical and functional words, and hybrid categories. Part II examines the treatment of word classes across a wide range of contemporary linguistic theories, such as Cognitive Grammar, Minimalist Syntax, and Lexical Functional Grammar, while the focus of Part III is on individual word classes, from major categories such as verb and noun to minor ones such as adpositions and ideophones. Part IV provides a number of cross-linguistic case studies, exploring word classes in families including Afroasiatic, Sinitic, Mayan, Austronesian, and in sign languages. Chapters in the final part of the book discuss word classes from the perspective of various sub-disciplines of linguistics, ranging from first and second language acquisition to computational and corpus linguistics. Together, the contributions showcase the importance of word classes for the whole discipline of linguistics, while also highlighting the many ongoing debates in the areas and outlining fruitful avenues for future research.

About the Author

Eva van Lier, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Amsterdam Eva van Lier is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD from the same institute in 2009 with a typological study of word classes and dependent clause constructions. Later, she authored and (co-)edited several publications on (flexible) word classes, especially in Oceanic languages, including Flexible Word Classes: Typological Studies of Underspecified Parts of Speech (with Jan Rijkhoff; OUP 2013). She has also worked on the typology of ditransitive verbs, action nominalizations, and noun incorporation, and is currently leading a project about alternating verbs across languages.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198852889
ISBN-10: 0198852886
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: March 7th, 2024
Pages: 1136
Language: English
Series: Oxford Handbooks