Contrastive Analysis in Language

Identifying Linguistic Units of Comparison

  • Dominique Willems
  • Bart Defrancq
  • Timothy Colleman
  • Dirk Noël

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Dominique Willems, Bart Defrancq, Timothy Colleman, Dirk Noël
      Pages 1-9
  3. Semantics: the Metalanguage of Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Johan van der Auwera, Nina Dobrushina, Valentin Goussev
      Pages 44-66
  4. Syntax: Constituent Order in Comparison

  5. Morphology: Agents in Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Petra Sleeman, Els Verheugd
      Pages 137-154
    3. Filip Devos, Johan Taeldeman
      Pages 155-171
  6. Discourse and Beyond: Text in Comparison

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-278

About this book


This is a book about comparison in linguistics in general, rather than 'contrastive analysis' as a distinct branch of linguistics. It addresses the question 'Does the analytical apparatus used by linguists allow comparisons to be made across languages?' Four major domains are considered in turn: derivational morphology, syntax, semantics & pragmatics, and discourse. Contributions cover a broad spectrum of linguistic disciplines, ranging from contrastive linguistics and linguistic typology to translation studies and historical linguistics.


Derivat derivation Index morphology nouns semantics sentence types Syntax

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominique Willems
    • 1
  • Bart Defrancq
    • 2
  • Timothy Colleman
    • 2
  • Dirk Noël
    • 2
  1. 1.Ghent UniversityBelgium
  2. 2.University of Ghent’sUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51328-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52463-7
  • About this book