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I am a linguist [electronic resource] / by R.M.W. Dixon ; with a foreword by Peter Matthews.

Author/Creator:
Dixon, Robert M. W.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011.
Series:
Brill eBook titles
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (412 p.)
Subjects:
Linguistics.
Dixon, Robert M. W.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
I am a Linguist provides a fascinating account of the academic adventures of multi-faceted linguist, R.M.W. (Bob) Dixon. There is fieldwork (and lengthy grammars) on Dyirbal, Yidiñ and other Aboriginal languages of Australia, the Boumaa dialect of Fijian, and Jarawara from the dense jungles of Amazonia. Theoretical studies include adjective classes, ergativity and complement clauses. There are also detective novels, science fiction stories, and pioneering work on blues and gospel discography. Interspersed with the autobiographical narrative are explanations of how linguistics is a scientific discipline, of the development of universities, of diminishing academic standards, and of the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia. The book is written in an easy, accessible style with numerous illustrative anecdotes. It will be an inspiration to young linguists and of interest to the general reader curious about what a scientific linguist does.
Contents:
Preliminary Material / R. M. W. Dixon
A day in the field / R. M. W. Dixon
What is linguistics? — a journey of discovery / R. M. W. Dixon
Getting there / R. M. W. Dixon
Discography, and a bit of fiction / R. M. W. Dixon
Into the field / R. M. W. Dixon
Frustration and fulfilment / R. M. W. Dixon
The role of universities / R. M. W. Dixon
More lovely fieldwork, and some comparison / R. M. W. Dixon
The science of linguistics, and other approaches to the study of language / R. M. W. Dixon
Fijian, English and some novels / R. M. W. Dixon
Academic standards / R. M. W. Dixon
The delegate from Tasmania / R. M. W. Dixon
Into the Amazonian jungle / R. M. W. Dixon
God and Magog in Brazil / R. M. W. Dixon
A productive partnership / R. M. W. Dixon
Living a life / R. M. W. Dixon
Solutions to problems from the end of Chapter 6 / R. M. W. Dixon
Bibliography / R. M. W. Dixon
Index / R. M. W. Dixon
List of plates / R. M. W. Dixon.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-283-85215-2
90-04-19517-3
OCLC:
821178642
Publisher Number:
10.1163/ej.9789004192355.i-408 DOI
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