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The Resource Are some languages better than others?, R. M. W. Dixon

Are some languages better than others?, R. M. W. Dixon

Label
Are some languages better than others?
Title
Are some languages better than others?
Statement of responsibility
R. M. W. Dixon
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Can we say, for instance, that because German has three genders and French only two, German is a better language in this respect? Jarawara, spoken in the Amazonian jungle, has two ways of showing possession: one for a part (e.g. 'Father's foot') and the other for something which is owned and can be given away or sold (e.g. 'Father's life); is it thus a better language, in this respect, than English, which marks all possession in the same way? R. M. W. Dixon begins by outlining what he feels are the essential components of any language, such as the ability to pose questions, command actions, and provide statements. He then discusses desirable features including gender agreement, tenses, and articles, before concluding with his view of what the ideal language would look like - and an explanation of why it does not and probably never will exist. Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, and full of personal anecdotes and unusual linguistic phenomena, the book will be of interest to all general language enthusiasts as well as to a linguistics student audience, and particularly to anyone with an interest in linguistic typology. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
410
Index
index present
LC call number
P143
LC item number
.D59 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Are some languages better than others?, R. M. W. Dixon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • What is not (really) needed
  • 6.
  • How about complexity?
  • 7.
  • How many words should there be?
  • 8.
  • limits of a language
  • 9.
  • Better for what purpose?
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • ideal language
  • 11.
  • Facing up to the question
  • Setting the scene
  • 2.
  • How languages work
  • 3.
  • What is necessary
  • 4.
  • What is desirable
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780198766810
Lccn
2015949658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)918931498
Label
Are some languages better than others?, R. M. W. Dixon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • What is not (really) needed
  • 6.
  • How about complexity?
  • 7.
  • How many words should there be?
  • 8.
  • limits of a language
  • 9.
  • Better for what purpose?
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • ideal language
  • 11.
  • Facing up to the question
  • Setting the scene
  • 2.
  • How languages work
  • 3.
  • What is necessary
  • 4.
  • What is desirable
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780198766810
Lccn
2015949658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)918931498

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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