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Corbett, Greville G.

Works: 61 works in 223 publications in 2 languages and 8,353 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: P240.7, 415
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Most widely held works by Greville G Corbett
Number by Greville G Corbett( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Number is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is deceptively simple yet the number system which philosophers, logicians and many linguists take as the norm - namely the distinction between singular and plural (as in cat versus cats) - is only one of a wide range of possibilities to be found in languages around the world. Some languages, for instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or even five different values. Adopting a wide-ranging perspective, Greville Corbett draws on examples from many languages to analyse the possible systems of number. He reveals that the means for signalling number are remarkably varied and are put to a surprising range of special additional uses. By surveying some of the riches of the world's linguistic resources this book, first published in 2000, makes a major contribution to the typology of categories and demonstrates that languages are much more varied than is generally recognised
The expression of gender( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender is a fascinating category, which has grown steadily in importance across the humanities and social sciences. The book centres on the core of the category within language. Each of the seven contributions provides an independent account of a key part of the topic, ranging from gender and sex, gender and culture, to typology, dialect variation and psycholinguistics
Case and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard Comrie by Greville G Corbett( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,415 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
Features by Greville G Corbett( )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Features are a central concept in linguistic analysis. They are the basic building blocks of linguistic units, such as words. For many linguists they offer the most revealing way to explore the nature of language. Familiar features are Number (singular, plural, dual ...), Person (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and Tense (present, past ...). Features have a major role in contemporary linguistics, from the most abstract theorizing to the most applied computational applications, yet little is firmly established about their status. They are used, but are little discussed and poorly understood. In this unique work, Corbett brings together two lines of research: how features vary between languages and how they work. As a result, the book is of great value to the broad range of perspectives of those who are interested in language"--
Canonical morphology and syntax by Dunstan Brown( )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This bookpresents canonical typology, a framework for comparing constructions and categories across languages. The canonical method takes the criteria used to define particular categories or phenomena (eg negation, finiteness, possession) to create a multidimensional space in which language-specific instances can be placed
The Slavonic languages by Professor Greville Corbett( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 387 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
The syntax-morphology interface : a study of syncretism by Matthew Baerman( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book provides the first full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. The implications of syncretism for the syntax-morphology interface have long been recognized: it argues either for an enriched model of feature structure (thereby preserving a direct link between function and form), or for the independence of morphological structure from syntactic structure. The Syntax-Morphology Interface presents a compelling argument for the autonomy of morphology, and the resulting analysis is illustrated in a series of formal case studies within Network Morphology. It will be welcomed by all linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part."--Jacket
Features : perspectives on a key notion in linguistics by Anna Kibort( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text presents a critical overview of current work on linguistic features - gender, number, case, person, etc. - and establishes new bases for their use in the study and understanding of language
Periphrasis : the role of syntax and morphology in paradigms by Typology of Periphrasis (Conference)( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Periphrasis is the phenomenon of a multiword syntactic sequence having the function of a single morphological form. It therefore straddles morphology and syntax. This volume presents new data and gives examples from diverse languages
Agreement by Greville G Corbett( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This clear introduction offers an insight into how agreement works, and how linguists have tried to account for it. Comparing examples from a range of languages, with radically different agreement systems, it demonstrates agreement at work in a variety of constructions. It shows how agreement is influenced by the conflicting effects of sentence structure and meaning, and highlights the oddities of agreement in English. Agreement will be essential reading for all those studying the structure and mechanisms of natural languages."--Jacket
Defective paradigms : missing forms and what they tell us( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An important design feature of language is the use of productive patterns in inflection. In English, we have pairs such as ènjoy' ̃ènjoyed', àgree' ̃àgreed', and many others. On the basis of this productive pattern, if we meet a new verb t̀ransduce' we know that there will be the form t̀ransduced'. Even if the pattern is not fully regular, there will be a form available, as in ùnderstand' ̃ùnderstood'. Surprisingly, this principle is sometimes violated, a phenomenon known as defectiveness, which means there is a gap in a word's set of forms: for example, given the verb f̀orego', many if not most people are unwilling to produce a past tense." "Although such gaps have been known to us since the days of Classical grammarians, they remain poorly understood. Defectiveness contradicts basic assumptions about the way inflectional rules operate, because it seems to require that speakers know that for certain words, not only should one not employ the expected rule, one should not employ any rule at all. This is a serious problem, since it is probably safe to say that all reigning models of grammar were designed as if defectiveness did not exist, and would lose a considerable amount of their elegance if it were properly factored in." "This volume addresses these issues from a number of analytical approaches---historical, statistical and theoretical---and by using studies from a range of languages." "Since 1905 this series has provided a unique record of British scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, by publishing the highly regarded Academy lectures, and through its memoirs of the lives and scholarly achievements of recently deceased Fellows of the Academy." "The series includes thematic volumes that stem from symposia specially convened to address particular subjects."--Jacket
Morphological complexity by Matthew Baerman( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inflectional morphology plays a paradoxical role in language. On the one hand it tells us useful things, for example that a noun is plural or a verb is in the past tense. On the other hand many languages get along perfectly well without it, so the baroquely ornamented forms we sometimes find come across as a gratuitous over-elaboration. This is especially apparent where the morphological structures operate at cross purposes to the general systems of meaning and function that govern a language, yielding inflection classes and arbitrarily configured paradigms. This is what we call morphological complexity. Manipulating the forms of words requires learning a whole new system of structures and relationships. This book confronts the typological challenge of characterising the wildly diverse sorts of morphological complexity we find in the languages of the world, offering both a unified descriptive framework and quantitative measures that can be applied to such heterogeneous systems
Non-canonical gender systems( )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grammatical gender is a puzzling category: although it has been widely explored from a typological perspective, studies are constantly identifying exciting and unexpected patterns in gender systems, many of which cannot be easily classified or straightforwardly analysed. Some of these patterns stretch or even threaten to cross the largely unexplored outer boundaries of the category. In the canonical approach, morphosyntactic features like gender are established in terms of a canonical ideal - a clustering of properties that serves as a baseline to measure the actual examples observed. In this volume, international experts use this approach to analyse a range of gender systems that diverge from the canonical ideal, and to determine to what extent each component property of these systems can be considered canonical
Archi : complexities of agreement in cross-theoretical perspective by Greville G Corbett( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a detailed examination of the unusual agreement system of Archi, an endangered language spoken in southern Dagestan (Russia), from the perspective of three different syntactic theories: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, and Minimalism
Gender by Greville G Corbett( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender is a fascinating category, central and pervasive in some languages and totally absent in others. In this new, comprehensive account of gender systems, over 200 languages are discussed, from English and Russian to Archi and Chichewa. Detailed analysis of individual languages provides clear illustrations of specific types of system. Gender distinction is often based on sex; sometimes this is only one criterion and the gender of nouns depends on other factors (thus 'house' is masculine in Russian, feminine in French and neuter in Tamil). Some languages have comparable distinctions such as human/non-human, animate/inanimate, where sex is irrelevant. No other textbook surveys gender across this range of languages. Gender will be invaluable both for class use and as a reference resource for students and researchers in linguistics
Understanding and measuring morphological complexity( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work aims to assess the nature of morphological complexity, and the properties that distinguish it from the complexity manifested in other components of language. Chapters highlight novel perspectives on conceptualizing morphological complexity, and offer concrete means for measuring, quantifying and analysing it
Predicate agreement in Russian by Greville G Corbett( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Expression of Gender( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender is a fascinating category, which has grown steadily in importance across the humanities and social sciences. The book centres on the core of the category within language. Each of the seven contributions provides an independent account of a key part of the topic, ranging from gender and sex, gender and culture, to typology, dialect variation and psycholinguistics
Linguistics : the scientific study of language : inaugural lecture 8 March 1989 by Greville G Corbett( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canonical Syntax and Morphology( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Case and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard ComrieThe Slavonic languagesThe syntax-morphology interface : a study of syncretismFeatures : perspectives on a key notion in linguisticsAgreementDefective paradigms : missing forms and what they tell usGender
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Corbett, G. G. (Greville G.)

Corbett, G. G. (Greville G.), 1947-

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