Last Friday I gave the second talk in my three-part lecture series on language typology. This talk and the one before it are both structured so as to be accessible to people with no background in linguistics or languages. The topic for this week was voice and transitivity, or, “cool things you can do with verbs”. You can download the pdf version here, or the PowerPoint here, or just skim through the slides below. And if you missed it, you can get last week’s talk here.
Last Friday I gave the first of a three-part lecture series on language typology. The talk is structured so as to be accessible to people with no background in linguistics or language-learning. This first talk covers some basic concepts in morphology, and a brief overview of morphological typology. You can download the pdf version here and the PowerPoint version here, or skim through the slides below.
Stay tuned for this week’s talk on grammatical voice and transitivity!
My latest book review is now available here at Linguist List, on the book Documenting Endangered Languages: Achievements and Perspectives, edited by Nicole Nau, Geoffrey L. J. Haig, Stefan Schnell, and Claudia Wegener. Here’s an excerpt from the evaluation:
This book will be an excellent addition to the library of any documentary linguist. Experienced linguists will find a number of new methodologies to utilize in their work, while younger linguists will find in-depth treatments of a variety of specific topics not covered (or not covered with any depth) in introductory surveys, handbooks, or field guides. The book is perhaps most similar to “Essentials of Language Documentation” (Gippert, Himmelmann, and Mosel 2006), and covers many related and similar topics. But whereas “Essentials” might be seen as the seminal survey of the field and its central topics, the present volume is more of an ‘advanced topics in documentary linguistics’, an excellent sequel to the former. As such, it consists largely of case studies on specific topics, and does not aim for comprehensive scope over the field. So while the book should not be seen as an all-inclusive handbook or survey, it does advance the field significantly in many areas.