By Felix K. Ameka, Alan Dench, Nicholas Evans
Descriptive grammars are our major car for documenting and analysing the linguistic constitution of the world's 6,000 languages. they carry jointly, in a single position, a coherent remedy of the way the total language works, and for that reason shape the first resource of data on a given language, consulted by way of quite a lot of clients: areal experts, typologists, theoreticians of any a part of language (syntax, morphology, phonology, old linguistics etc.), and individuals of the speech groups involved. The writing of a descriptive grammar is a huge highbrow problem, that calls at the grammarian to stability a admire for the language's targeted genius with an expertise of the way different languages paintings, to mix rigour with clarity, to depict structural regularities whereas respecting a corpus of actual fabric, and to symbolize anything of the local speaker's competence whereas recognising the difference inherent in any speech group. regardless of a contemporary surge of knowledge of the necessity to record little-known languages, there is not any e-book that focusses at the manifold matters that face the writer of a descriptive grammar. This quantity brings jointly participants who technique the matter from quite a number angles. so much have written descriptive grammars themselves, yet others characterize varieties of reader. one of the issues they deal with are: total problems with grammar layout, the complementary roles of outsider and local speaker grammarians, the stability among grammar and lexicon, cross-linguistic comparison, the position of clarification in grammatical description, the interaction of idea and more than a few fieldwork equipment in language description, the demanding situations of describing languages of their cultural and old context, and the tensions among linguistic particularity, proven perform of specific faculties of linguistic description and the necessity for a universally commensurable analytic framework. This e-book will renew the sector of grammaticography, addressing a a number of readership of descriptive linguists, typologists, and formal linguists, through bringing jointly a number distinct practitioners from around the globe to handle those questions.