Though primarily descriptive in nature, the grammar devotes some space to theoretical issues concerned with the voice system, which has long been the subject of debate among linguists and typologists
studying western Austronesian languages.
Following the view of typologists
like Dixon and Aikhenvald (1997), I will assume that the direct-inverse alternation does not affect the mapping between semantic roles and grammatical functions (parallel to the Japanese yaru/kureru alternation), and that this is a defining characteristic of syntactic direction; it contrasts with the opposition of active/passive/antipassive in this respect (cf.
saw falling and decaying leaves as an emblem of impending old age and death: "The first moral lesson taught us by the fading leaf is the certainty of the decay and dissolution of our bodily powers" (Hitchcock 1850: 85).
Would-be comparativists and typologists
will have an easier time of it, now that it exists.
The neatly arranged and comprehensive treatment of the material with a full glossary and a Latin-Old English wordlist will make this two-volume edition an indispensable source of information for a wide academic audience from biblical scholars and students of English church history to language typologists
The Atlas will be especially valuable for linguistic typologists
, grammatical theorists, historical and comparative linguists, and for those studying a region such as Africa, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe.
The approach of typologists
is to look at one-to-many, 1-n relationships in the semantics-morphosyntax mappings across languages.
and linguists in the generative tradition pick out 'give' as a typical instance of a three-place verb.
For scholars and students of language, particularly typologists
, historical linguists, and theorists.
There is no agreement among typologists
with regard to the difference in status.