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Comrie, Bernard 1947-

Works: 162 works in 1,005 publications in 13 languages and 23,930 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  History  Maps  Conference papers and proceedings  Atlases  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Curator, Translator, Opponent
Classifications: P371, 415
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Most widely held works by Bernard Comrie
The World's major languages by Bernard Comrie( Book )

88 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detailed guide to the world's forty major languages with full historical, sociological, and linguistic information
The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the world by Bernard Comrie( Book )

70 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Atlas of languages offers an introduction to the world of languages and linguistics for the general reader. This global survey of language families, their distribution, spread, and - in some cases - decline is illustrated by a rich variety of maps, photographs, and tables. In a detailed account of the language families of each region of the world, interesting and sometimes unique features of grammar and vocabulary are identified and explained. The archeological, historical, cultural, or social political background where it has had an impact on the dissemination, development, or decline of a language is examined. The geographical distribution of languages - both historical and contemporary - is reflected in over 30 unique full-color maps. Points of general interest, linguistic, cultural, and historical are highlighted in special boxed features. The writing systems of the world are also examined in detail. The evolution of over 200 languages is explained and illustrated with specific examples, while photographs of ancient artifacts, manuscripts, monuments, and statues all illustrate the use of various writing systems over the last 5,000 years. Finally, the book addresses the issue of disappearing languages, as well as identifying languages that are under threat of extinction. Efforts to preserve an revive the dying languages of the world are fully discussed
Language universals and linguistic typology : syntax and morphology by Bernard Comrie( Book )

107 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aspect : an introduction to the study of verbal aspect and related problems by Bernard Comrie( Book )

63 editions published between 1976 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the general linguistic study of aspect. Topics covered include the relation of tense and aspect, the morphology and the semantics of aspect, and structuralist and philosophical approaches. Dr Comrie draws his examples particularly from English and the Slavonic and Romance languages, but also from Arabic, Chinese, Welsh, Greek and a variety of others. This is the first study of aspect, considered as a general linguistic phenomenon. It is intended for students of individual languages as well as for students of linguistics. -- Publisher description
Tense by Bernard Comrie( Book )

62 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernard Comrie defines tense as the grammaticalisation of location in time. In this textbook he introduces readers to the range of variation found in tense systems across the languages of the world, bringing together a rich collection of illustrative material that student and specialist alike will find invaluable. This systematic account of the data is carefully integrated with a theoretical discussion of tense that is sensitive both to the range of tense oppositions found cross-linguistically and also to the constraints on that variation. For the most part the book is written without formalism, nor is it written within the framework of any specific current theory of linguistics. Nevertheless, as the final chapter makes clear, a formal theory of tense can build upon the insights gained here. -- Publisher description
The languages of the Soviet Union by Bernard Comrie( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A general account
The Russian language since the revolution by Bernard Comrie( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Slavonic languages( Book )

30 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The major languages of Eastern Europe by Bernard Comrie( Book )

42 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Comrie's much-praised The World's Major Languages, this is the first comprehensive guide in paperback to descibe in detail the language families of Eastern Europe, and includes an introduction which surveys the field
Causatives and transitivity by Bernard Comrie( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together 18 typological studies of causative and related constructions (transitivity, voice, other expressions of cause) by 19 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Russia. The inspirations for the volume is the pioneering work on causative constructions by the Leningrad Typology Group; several of the contributors have close connections to the charter members of that group, others have appreciated this work from a distance. The volume as a whole is based on the concept of causative constructions as embracing both morphology and syntax, with an important semantic component as well. In addition to general studies concerning the morpho syntactic and semantic typology and the history of causative constructions and relations to other phenomena, the following individual languages are treated in detail: Russian, English, Dutch, Svan, Even, Korean, Yukaghir, Alutor, Aleut, Haruai, Dogon, Athabaskan languages. -- Publisher description
Typology of resultative constructions by V. P Nedi︠a︡lkov( Book )

13 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, originally published in Russian, combines data from a wide range of languages, meticulously analyzed, with a sophisticated theoretical apparatus capable of isolating the most important syntactic and semantic parameters and of drawing those generalizations that are most significant from a cross-linguistic perspective. Many ideas which are at best only hinted at in earlier literature - such as the precise relation among resultative, perfect, and stative, or correlations between resultative and passive voice - are here for the first time stated precisely and given a firm foundation by means of detailed exemplification from a wide range of languages
Case and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard Comrie( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The papers in this volume can be grouped into two broad, overlapping classes: those dealing primarily with case and those dealing primarily with grammatical relations. With regard to case, topics include descriptions of the case systems of two Caucasian languages, the problems of determining how many cases Russian has and whether Hungarian has a case system at all, the issue of case-combining, the retention of the dative in Swedish dialects, and genitive objects in the languages of Europe. With regard to grammatical relations, topics include the order of obliques in OV and VO languages, the effects of the referential hierarchy on the distribution of grammatical relations, the problem of whether the passive requires a subject category, the relation between subjecthood and definiteness, and the issue of how the loss of case and aspectual systems triggers the use of compensatory mechanisms in heritage Russian."--Jacket
Argument structure and grammatical relations : a crosslinguistic typology( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a collection of articles dealing with various aspects of grammatical relations and argument structure in the languages of Europe and North and Central Asia (LENCA). Topics covered with respect to individual languages are: split-intransitivity (Basque), causativization (Agul), transitives and causatives (Korean and Japanese), aspectual domain and quantification (Finnish and Udmurt), head-marking principles (Athabaskan languages), and pragmatics (Eastern Khanty and Xibe). Typology of argument-structure properties of 'give' (LENCA), typology of agreement systems, asymmetry in argumen
Perspectives on Arabic linguistics III : papers from the Third Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics by Symposium on Arabic Linguistics( Book )

17 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relative clauses in languages of the Americas : a typological overview( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present volume focuses on two tasks: the first deals with the discussion of functional principles related to relative clause formation: diachrony and paths of grammaticalization, simplicity vs. complexity, and formalization of rules to capture semantic-syntactic correlations. The second provides a typological overview of relative clauses in nine different languages going from north to south in the Americas."--P. [4] of cover
New perspectives on the origins of language( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We first address diverse criteria on what a theory of language evolution should explain, focusing on six divides: evolution did/did not yield a Universal Grammar; brain evolution is/is not important; language is to be viewed as speech or multimodal communication; language evolution is/is not best understood solely with reference to tools for communication; we do/do not need a notion of protolanguage as a precursor to language; and protolanguage was/was not in great part holophrastic. We argue against a role for an innate Universal Grammar in language acquisition and language change, and then p
Introducing Maltese linguistics : selected papers from the 1st International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, 18-20 October, 2007 by International Conference on Maltese Linguistics( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of articles highlights a selection of on-going research projects. Phonological, morphological, and syntactic issues are addressed by international experts on Maltese. The diachronic development of Maltese, its age-long contact with Italo-R
Languages of mainland Southeast Asia : the state of the art( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The studies in this book represent the rich, diverse and substantial research being conducted today in the linguistics of Mainland Southeast Asia. Written by leading researchers in the field, and with an overview of current knowledge and new directions by the volume editors N. J. Enfield and Bernard Comrie, this book will serve as an authoritative source on where the linguistics of Mainland Southeast Asia is at, and where it is heading
Language contact and documentation = : Contacto lingüístico y documentación by International Symposium on Language and Culture Documentation in Latin America( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The volume is highly relevant to the current regional and international discussion on endangered languages, language contact, documentation and areal typology. The publication is the outcome of a fruitful theoretical and methodological exchange between Latin American scholars and international scholars working in other regions. Most of the papers target Latin American languages. Additionally, new insight into the contact situations in Indonesia, Iran, Australia and Papua New Guinea is provided
Valency classes in the world's languages( Book )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The World's major languages
Alternative Names
Bernard Comrie British linguist

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Bernard Comrie englischer Linguist

Comrie, Bernard

Comrie, Bernard Sterling 1947-

Komri, Bernard.

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Komurī, Bānādo 1947-

Sterling Comrie, Bernard 1947-

Комри, Бернард

Комри, Бернард 1947-

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コムリー, バーナード



科姆里, 伯纳徳

The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the worldLanguage universals and linguistic typology : syntax and morphologyAspect : an introduction to the study of verbal aspect and related problemsTenseThe languages of the Soviet UnionThe Slavonic languagesThe major languages of Eastern EuropeCausatives and transitivity