Language Structure and Environment

Social, cultural, and natural factors

Rik De Busser | National Chengchi University, Taiwan
ORCID logoRandy J. LaPolla | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
ISBN 9789027204097 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268730 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Language Structure and Environment is a broad introduction to how languages are shaped by their environment. It makes the argument that the social, cultural, and natural environment of speakers influences the structures and development of the languages they speak. After a general overview, the contributors explain in a number of detailed case studies how specific cultural, societal, geographical, evolutionary and meta-linguistic pressures determine the development of specific grammatical features and the global structure of a varied selection of languages. This is a work of meticulous scholarship at the forefront of a burgeoning field of linguistics.
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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