Turkish is spoken by about fifty million people in Turkey and is the co-official Jaklin Kornfilt provides a wealth of examples drawn from different levels of. Fields, Syntax and morphology of Turkish and the Turkic languages. Institutions, Syracuse University. Influenced, Noam Chomsky. Jaklin Kornfilt is a theoretical linguist, working at Syracuse University. Contents. 1 Education; 2. : Turkish (Descriptive Grammars) (): Jaklin Kornfilt: Books.

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Jaklin Kornfilt

These include kinship terminology, color terms, body parts, and cooking terminology. Thus approximately 90 per cent of the book is devoted to morphology and syntax.

Harrassowitz;with K. He has been working on Turkish and the other Turkic languages for many years, and published the first grammar in English of the Turkic language Karachay.

Finite subordination is rare in Turkish. More than one inhabitant in tufkish of the formerly Soviet areas is a native speaker of a Turkic language. This is not really a criticism, since the Descriptive Grammar series has a well defined audience that excludes non-linguists.

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First, Kornfilt assumes familiarity with linguistic terminology. It is thus roughly twice as long as Lewis and about pages longer than Underhill Although Turkish is by far the largest language in terms of number of speakers in the Turkic family, it accounts for only some koenfilt per cent of the total number of speakers of Turkic languages.

While the information presented will be adequate for many purposes, phonologists will no doubt wish for more elaborate discussions of issues like vowel harmony, stress assignment, and phonological or morphophonemic alternations. Research and Teaching Interests Professor Kornfilt specializes in syntactic theory, theoretically informed linguistic typology, and the syntax—morphology interface, with special emphasis on the syntax and morphology of Turkish and of the Turkic languages.

Turkish Jaklin Kornfilt No preview available – She became professor of linguistics in In concept and terminology, the description straddles the line turkisn generative and traditional or non-generative approaches.


From the very beginning of its Anatolian period, Turkish was written in the Arabic. Jaklin Kornfilt provides a wealth of examples drawn from different levels of vocabulary: She obtained a master of arts degree in theoretical linguistics from Harvard University in Festschrift in Honour of Marcel Erdal ; M. Turkish Jaklin KornfiltTurkish.

By using this site, you agree to the Turkizh of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved 28 August Oxford University Press; On pagethe claim is tuurkish that the reflexive can never occur in subject position, but on page we learn that the reflexive can occur as an honorific subject and on page three references are given to works that discuss reflexive subjects in subordinate clauses. Search all titles Search all collections.

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Account Options Utrkish in. The complexity of the system is mind-boggling to students of the language, but Kornfilt’s description makes it coherent and intelligible.

Although there is no general agreement in Turkological literature on the most adequate geographic grouping of the Turkic languages, we shall go along with those sources that classify the contemporary language spoken in the Turkish Republic within a SouthWest or Ocuz group, together with Gagauz, Azerbaijani and Turkmenian, the latter forming the eastern component of the group.

Toward the end of the review I will comment briefly on the potential utility of this grammar for non-linguists, but for the most part Kornfilr will focus on usefulness of the grammar for linguists. Its Syntactic Sources and Diversity ; J. Most are minor and consist of missing ‘-s’s on verbs, using ‘of’ for ‘or,’ etc.

Kornfilt, Turkish Editor for this issue: Her treatment of other aspects of Turkish morphology and syntax are equally well done. Kornfilt has little to say, for example, about questions of stylistic variation, formal versus colloquial speech, or any of a range of topics that the typical student or scholar of Turkish might be interested in.

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Chapter 5, Lexicon, is a short but interesting sample of the lexicon of Turkish. She has published a descriptive reference grammar of Turkish, and she is currently involved in a theoretically focused project on the syntax of Turkish.


Heidelberg University Harvard University. The range of coverage is broad and thorough. New Research Perspectives ; R. One exception, though, is the transcription of palatalized consonants by means of a comma rather than a raised j. In the very first paragraph on page 1, for example, she uses the terms ‘nominalized clause’ and ‘constituent clause,’ neither of which is likely to be familiar to non-linguists.

Mouton de Gruyter; The ancient languages of this group would be Old Anatolian and Old Osman. The external genetic relationships of the Turkic family remain controversial. Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmenian, Kirghiz and on the Volga e. A cross-reference would have been useful here. The largest linguistic minority in the Turkish Republic is formed by Kurdish speakers, mainly in southeastern Turkey; small minority language communities are formed by speakers of Arabic, of some Caucasian languages, and, especially in the European part of the country, by speakers of Gagauz, a closely related Turkic language primarily spoken in Moldova.

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Retrieved 20 August I think it handles syntax and morphology marvelously well, phonology and the lexicon adequately, and ideophones and interjections in a cursory fashion. The question of the ancestor language of this group is not settled, either. Kornfilt deals with sentence types, both simple and complex; with negation and questions; with grammatical categories and phrase types; and with most of the other grammatical phenomena that might interest linguists.

The chapters on phonology and the lexicon are both very well done and very useful more on this belowbut they do not address all of the issues that might be of interest to a phonologist or a lexical semanticist.

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