A laboratory manual (7th edition) for introductory grammar courses.
Contains 298 datasets of problems taken from 117 languages spoken all over the world. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols replaced the Americanist symbols in some datasets. Some datasets remain or have been recast in orthographies used by reading populations of certain languages where phonological issues are not in view.
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We did selected exercises from this book back then in the Introduction to Syntax course. In those days I thought the book was out of print, but luckily it is still available. The more recent editions have IPA-symbols in place of the old-style American transcription, and more exercises have been included. Turning to the exercises themselves, they are entertaining puzzles showing features of languages that will open the linguist's eyes for the variety of languages on this planet. There are, however, no solutions, not even hints as to what specific puzzle one is about to solve in a given exercise, so one needs some basic linguistic training to get into this book. I recommend it to any linguist who wants to know the breadth of variation among languages.
If you're in search for Universal Grammar you should study as many language as you can. So here's your chance to have a look at some more languages besides English.
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