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Comrie, Bernard 1947-

Works: 194 works in 1,086 publications in 8 languages and 25,662 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Maps  Atlases  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Scientific atlases  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Curator, Opponent, Translator
Classifications: P371, 415
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Most widely held works by Bernard Comrie
The World's major languages by Bernard Comrie( Book )

105 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From English, French, Spanish and Russian to Pashto, Tagalog, and Swahili, this is the first comprehensive reference work to provide detailed information about the world's forty major languages. Written by acknowledged specialists in the field, the volume begins with a general introduction to language and language families, followed by language-family sections that provide an informative essay about that language, and individual chapters that discuss the history, distribution, syntax, grammar and punctuation, writing and spelling systems, standards of usage, and other important aspects of each language
The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the world by Bernard Comrie( Book )

39 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,758 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
Causatives and transitivity by Bernard Comrie( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 1,630 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
Introducing Maltese linguistics : selected papers from the 1st International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, 18-20 October, 2007 by International Conference on Maltese Linguistics( )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,467 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
Language universals and linguistic typology : syntax and morphology by Bernard Comrie( Book )

108 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scattered references to Aboriginal languages
Case and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard Comrie( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,375 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
Typology of resultative constructions by V. P Nedi︠a︡lkov( )

13 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 1,210 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 b
Perspectives on Arabic linguistics III : papers from the Third Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics by Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics( )

17 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argument structure and grammatical relations : a crosslinguistic typology by Pirkko Suihkonen( )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 987 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
Relative clauses in languages of the Americas : a typological overview( )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 986 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."--Page 4 of cover
New perspectives on the origins of language by Claire Lefebvre( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 911 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
Aspect : an introduction to the study of verbal aspect and related problems by Bernard Comrie( Book )

65 editions published between 1976 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the general linguistic study of aspect
Language contact and documentation = Contacto lingüístico y documentación by International Symposium on Language and Culture Documentation in Latin America( )

23 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 809 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
Tense by Bernard Comrie( Book )

61 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 753 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
Valency classes in the World's languages by A. L Malʹchukov( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noun-modifying clause constructions in languages of Eurasia : rethinking theoretical and geographical boundaries( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents a cross-linguistic investigation of clausal noun-modifying constructions in genetically varied languages of Eurasia. Contrary to a common premise that, in any language, adnominal clauses that share some features of relative clauses constitute a structurally distinct construction, some languages of Eurasia exhibit a General Noun-Modifying Clause Construction (GNMCC) -- a single construction covering a wide range of semantic relations between the head noun and the clause. Through in-depth examination of naturally-occurring and elicited data from Ainu, languages of the Caucasus (e.g. Ingush, Georgian, Bezhta, Hinuq), Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Nenets, Sino-Tibetan languages (e.g. Cantonese, Mandarin, Rawang), and Turkic languages (e.g. Turkish, Sakha), the chapters discuss whether or not the language in question exhibits a GNMCC and the range of noun modification covered by such a construction. The findings afford us new facts, new theoretical perspectives and the first step toward a more global assessment of the possibilities for GNMCCs
The Russian language since the revolution by Bernard Comrie( Book )

17 editions published between 1977 and 1990 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The languages of the Soviet Union by Bernard Comrie( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Multiple languages and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A general account
Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia : the state of the art( )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 477 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
The Slavonic languages by Professor Greville Corbett( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a chapter-length description of each of the modern Slavonic languages and the attested extinct Slavonic languages. Individual chapters discuss the various alphabets that have been used to write Slavonic languages, in particular the Roman, Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets; the relationship of the Slavonic languages to other Indo-European languages; their relationship to one another through their common ancestor, Proto-Slavonic; and the extent to what various Slavonic languages have survived in emigration. Each chapter on an individual language is written according to the same general scheme and incorporates the following elements: an introductory section describing the language's social context and, appropriate, the development of the standard language; a discussion of the phonology of the language, including a phonemic inventory and morphophonemic alterations from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives; a detailed presentation of the synchronic morphology of the language, with notes on the major historical developments; an extensive discussion of the syntactic properties of the language; a discussion of vocabulary, including the relation between inherited Slavonic and borrowed vocabulary, with lists of basic lexical items in selected semantic fields colour terms, names of parts of the body and kinship terms; an outline of the main dialects, with an accompanying map; and a bibliography with sources in English and other languages. The book is made particularly accessible by the inclusion of (1) a parallel transliteration of all examples cited from Slavonic languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet and (2) English translations of all Slavonic language examples
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The World's major languages
The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the worldCausatives and transitivityIntroducing Maltese linguistics : selected papers from the 1st International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, 18-20 October, 2007Language universals and linguistic typology : syntax and morphologyCase and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard ComrieTypology of resultative constructionsAspect : an introduction to the study of verbal aspect and related problemsTense
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Bernard Comrie British linguist

Bernard Comrie Brits taalkundige

Bernard Comrie brittisk språkvetenskapsman, 1947-

Bernard Comrie englischer Linguist

Bernard Comrie tysk professor

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Comrie, Bernard Sterling 1947-

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