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Dixon, Robert M. W.

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Works: 235 works in 1,179 publications in 7 languages and 37,621 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other
Classifications: PE1106, 415
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Most widely held works about Robert M. W Dixon
 
Most widely held works by Robert M. W Dixon
The rise and fall of languages by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book puts forward a different approach to language change, the punctuated equilibrium model. This is based on the premise that during most of the 100,000 or more years that humans have had language, states of equilibrium have existed during which linguistic features diffused across the languages in a given area so that they gradually converged on a common prototype. From time to time, the state of equilibrium would be punctuated, with expansion and split of peoples and of languages, most recently, as a result of European colonisation and the globalisation of communication which are likely to result in the extinction, within the next hundred years, of 90% of the languages currently spoken. Professor Dixon suggests that every linguist should assume a responsibility for documenting some of these languages before they disappear
A new approach to English grammar, on semantic principles by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australian languages : their nature and development by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and Indonesian and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 40,000 years, speaking about 250 languages. Through examination of published and unpublished materials on each of the individual languages, Professor Dixon surveys the ways in which the languages vary typologically and presents a profile of this long-established linguistic area
Where have all the adjectives gone? and other essays in semantics and syntax by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

23 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where have All the Adjectives Gone? And Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax
Word : a cross-linguistic typology by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, a distinguished international group of scholars discuss the concept 'word' and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages from all corners of the globe. Close study of their phonological and grammatical characteristics enables us to refine our understanding of what can constitute a 'word'
Adjective classes : a cross-linguistic typology by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book shows that every language has an adjective class and examines how these classes vary in size and character. This work shows, among other things, that the grammatical properties of the adjective class may be similar to nouns or verbs or to both or neither; that some languages have two kinds of adjectives, one hard to distinguish from nouns and the other from verbs; and that the adjective class can sometimes be large and open and in other cases small and closed." "The book will interest scholars and advanced students of language typology and of the syntax and semantics of adjectives."--BOOK JACKET
Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance : problems in comparative linguistics by A. I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book considers how and why forms and meanings of different languages at different times may resemble one another. Its editors and authors aim (a) to explain and identify the relationship between areal diffusion and the genetic development of languages, and (b) to discover the means of distinguishing what may cause one language to share the characteristics of another. The introduction outlines the issues that underlie these aims, introduces the chapters which follow, and comments on recurrent conclusions by the contributors. The problems are formidable and the pitfalls numerous: for example, several of the authors draw attention to the inadequacy of the family tree diagram as the main metaphor for language relationship." "The authors range over Ancient Anatolia, Modern Anatolia, Australia, Amazonia, Oceania, Southeast and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The book includes an archaeologist's view on what material evidence offers to explain cultural and linguistic change, and a general discussion of which kinds of linguistic feature can and cannot be borrowed. The chapters are accessibly-written and illustrated by 20 maps. The book will interest all students of the causes and consequences of language change and evolution."--Jacket
Handbook of Australian languages by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

35 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A semantic approach to English grammar by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book shows how grammar helps people communicate and looks at the ways grammar and meaning interrelate. The author starts from the notion that a speaker codes a meaning into grammatical forms which the listener is then able to recover: each word, he shows, has its own meaning and each bitof grammar its own function, their combinations creating and limiting the possibilities for different words. He uncovers a rationale for the varying grammatical properties of different words and in the process explains many facts about English - such as why we can say I wish to go, I wish that hewould go, and I want to go but not I want that he would go. The first part of the book reviews the main points of English syntax and discusses English verbs in terms of their semantic types including those of Motion, Giving, Speaking, Liking, and Trying. In the second part Professor Dixon looks at eight grammatical topics, including complement clauses, transitivity and causatives, passives, and the promotion of a non-subject to subject, as in Dictionaries sell well. This is the updated and revised edition of A New Approach to English Grammar on Semantic Principles. It includes new chapters on tense and aspect, nominalizations and possession, and adverbs and negation, and contains a new discussion of comparative forms of adjectives. It also explains recentchanges in English grammar, including how they has replaced the tabooed he as a pronoun referring to either gender, as in When a student reads this book, they will learn a lot about English grammar in a most enjoyable manner
Complementation : a cross-linguistic typology( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the editors explore the variety of types of complementation found across the languages of the world, their grammatical properties, & meanings
Serial verb constructions : a cross-linguistic typology( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serial verb construction is a sequence of verbs which acts together as one. The authors examine form and function of serial verbs and also explore the phenomenom across languages of different typological and genetic profiles
Studies in evidentiality by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

15 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects( Book )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The semantics of clause linking : a cross-linguistic typology( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a cross-linguistic examination of the grammatical means languages employ to represent a set of semantic relations between clauses. Professor Dixon's opening discussion is followed by fourteen case studies of languages ranging from Korean and Kham to Iquito and Ojibwe. The book's concluding synthesis is provided by Professor Aikhenvald
The Jarawara language of Southern Amazonia by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and South American Indian and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"R. M.W. Dixon is well known for his grammars of the Australian languages Dyirbal and Yidin, and of the Boumaa variety of Fijian. Here he provides a detailed description and analysis of Jarawara, a dauntingly complex language from Brazil, based on field research over a twelve-year period deep in the Amazonian jungle."--Jacket
Basic linguistic theory by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Basic Linguistic Theory R.M.W. Dixon provides a new and fundamental characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide to their description and analysis. In three clearly written and accessible volumes, he describes how best to go about doing linguistics, the most satisfactory and profitable ways to work, and the pitfalls to avoid. In the first volume he addresses the methodology for recording, analysing, and comparing languages. He argues that grammatical structures and rules should be worked out inductively on the basis of evidence, explaining in detail the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from observed utterances. He shows how the grammars and words of one language may be compared to others of the same or different families, explains the methods involved in cross-linguistic parametric analyses, and describes how to interpret the results. Volume 2 and volume 3 (to be published in 2011) offer in-depth tours of underlying principles of grammatical organization, as well as many of the facts of grammatical variation. 'The task of the linguist, ' Professor Dixon writes, 'is to explain the nature of human languages - each viewed as an integrated system - together with an explanation of why each language is the way it is, allied to the further scientific pursuits of prediction and evaluation.' Basic Linguistic Theory is the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's thinking about every aspect and manifestation of language and immersion in linguistic fieldwork. It is a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate students of linguistics, as well as for those in neighbouring disciplines, such as psychology and anthropology. --- Product Description
Language at large : essays on syntax and semantics by A. I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for aboriginal languages : memoirs of a field worker by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1960s, R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon was one of the first linguists to study the Aboriginal languages of northeast Queensland, Australia. He found that some languages of the coastal rainforest were still in daily use, but others were only half-remembered by a single elder. This autobiographical account of fourteen years of research, first published in 1984, paints a fascinating picture of the frontier society that existed in the region nearly fifty years ago. It reveals the difficulties and the excitement of linguistic fieldwork, but most of all it focuses on the people who agreed to work with Dixon and patiently helped him to understand their dauntingly complex languages. They allowed him to record their legends and songs and spent many hours answering his questions; this book is a poignant reminder of the fragility of their ancient culture
Handbook of Australian languages by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

18 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This handbook makes available short grammatical sketches of Australian languages. Each grammar is written in a standard format, following guidelines provided by the editors, and includes a sample text and vocabulary text. In the introduction the editors discuss some of the recurrent features of languages across the continent, together with grammars of Guugu Yimidhirr by John Haviland; Pitta-Pitta by Barry J. Blake; Gumbaynggir by Diana Eades; and Yaygir by Terry Crowley
I am a linguist by Robert M. W Dixon( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of extended linguistic fieldwork in Aboriginal Australia, Fiji and Amazonia, linked to theoretical study of the nature of human language, also throwing in detective novels, science fiction stories and blues and gospel discography. Interspersed with frank assessment of the role of universities today
 
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A new approach to English grammar, on semantic principlesAustralian languages : their nature and developmentWord : a cross-linguistic typologyAdjective classes : a cross-linguistic typologyAreal diffusion and genetic inheritance : problems in comparative linguisticsHandbook of Australian languagesA semantic approach to English grammarComplementation : a cross-linguistic typology