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Dixon, Robert M. W. 1939-

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Works: 260 works in 1,291 publications in 5 languages and 39,451 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other
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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( )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,939 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
Word : a cross-linguistic typology by Robert M. W Dixon( )

34 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of scholars discuss the concept 'word' and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the parameters of variation for 'word'. The nine chapters that follow then study the character of 'word' in individual languages, including Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language. These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to refine our understanding of what can constitute a 'word'. An epilogue explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of 'word'. The book will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of morphology and phonology
Australian languages : their nature and development by Robert M. W Dixon( )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,752 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
Basic linguistic theory by Robert M. W Dixon( )

29 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,594 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 thatgrammatical structures and rules should be worked out inductively on the basis of evidence, explaining in detail the steps
Adjective classes : a cross-linguistic typology by Robert M. W Dixon( )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,555 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
Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects( )

16 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

31 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,538 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 bit of 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 he would go", and" I want to go" but not "I want that he would go."
Serial verb constructions : a cross-linguistic typology( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,508 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
Complementation : a cross-linguistic typology( )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,490 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
Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance : problems in comparative linguistics by A. I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd( )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 1,454 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
Studies in evidentiality by Robert M. W Dixon( )

15 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jarawara language of Southern Amazonia by Robert M. W Dixon( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and South American Indian and held by 1,344 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
The semantics of clause linking : a cross-linguistic typology( )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,278 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
Where have all the adjectives gone? and other essays in semantics and syntax by Robert M. W Dixon( )

24 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where have All the Adjectives Gone? And Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax
Handbook of Australian languages by Robert M. W Dixon( )

20 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language at large : essays on syntax and semantics by A. I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd( )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basic Linguistic Theory. Grammatical topics by Robert M. W Dixon( )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Basic Linguistic Theory R.M.W. Dixon provides a comprehensive guide to the nature of human languages and their description and analysis. The books are a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate students, the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's immersion in every aspect of language, and a lasting monument to innovative scholarship
Handbook of Australian languages( )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 990 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. The contributions to this volume are salvage studies, giving all the information that is available on four languages which are on the point of extinction, and an assessment of what linguistic impressions can be inferred from the scant material that is available on the extinct languages of Tasmania
Handbook of Australian languages by Barry J Blake( )

17 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handbook of Australian languages by Robert M. W Dixon( )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and held by 583 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
 
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Word : a cross-linguistic typologyAustralian languages : their nature and developmentBasic linguistic theoryAdjective classes : a cross-linguistic typologyNon-canonical marking of subjects and objectsA semantic approach to English grammarSerial verb constructions : a cross-linguistic typologyComplementation : a cross-linguistic typology