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This textbook has the basic purpose of preparing students with no
linguistic background to discover the grammatical structure of an unwritten language. The
Americanist symbols are used.
Preface Acknowledgements Some abbreviations and
1. The morpheme 2. Word structure 3. Some semantic
categories 4. Allomorphs 5. Phonological alternation 6. Simple
sentences and grammatical function 7. More on simple sentences 8. The
phrase 9. Kinds of simple sentences with active verbs 10. Stative and impersonal
sentences 11. Modal differences 12. Internal relationships 13. Word
order 14. Complex and compound sentences 15. Derivation 16. Underlying
structure and semantic roles 17. Word boundaries 18. Discourse 19.
Grammatical description 20. The dictionary 21. Field methods
Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Bibliography