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Corbett, Greville G.

Works: 40 works in 227 publications in 2 languages and 4,844 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Greville G Corbett
Case and grammatical relations : studies in honor of Bernard Comrie( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,379 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
Gender by Greville G Corbett( Book )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 610 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
Canonical morphology and syntax by Dunstan Brown( )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents 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( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The syntax-morphology interface : a study of syncretism by Matthew Baerman( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 364 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
Agreement by Greville G Corbett( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and German and held by 230 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
Features : perspectives on a key notion in linguistics by Anna Kibort( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 218 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 196 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
Defective paradigms : missing forms and what they tell us( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 187 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
Understanding and measuring morphological complexity( Book )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 176 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
Features by Greville G Corbett( Book )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 171 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"--
Morphological complexity by Matthew Baerman( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 170 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
Archi : complexities of agreement in cross-theoretical perspective by Greville G Corbett( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text 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
Non-canonical gender systems( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the boundaries of the category of gender and their theoretical significance within the framework of Canonical Typology. International experts analyse a variety of gender systems from a range of typologically diverse languages from across the world, from South America to Melanesia, and from Central Italy to Northern Australia
Agreement : a typological perspective( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The expression of gender by Greville G Corbett( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 4 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
Establishing basic color terms : measures and techniques by Greville G Corbett( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noun phrase structure( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Proceedings of the British Academy. missing forms and what they tell us( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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GenderThe Slavonic languagesThe syntax-morphology interface : a study of syncretismAgreementFeatures : perspectives on a key notion in linguisticsDefective paradigms : missing forms and what they tell usProceedings of the British Academy. missing forms and what they tell us
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Corbett, G. G. (Greville G.)

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

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German (1)