Jae Jung Song was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Otago. Among his research interests were linguistic typology, Korean linguistics, Oceanic linguistics, and language policy. His books include Linguistic Typology: Morphology and Syntax (Longman, 2001), The Korean Language: Structure,Use and Context (Routledge, 2005), and Word Order (CUP, 2012), and, as editor, The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology (OUP, 2010; paperback 2013). He had held visiting appointments with Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) and La Trobe University (Melbourne).
1. Linguistic typology: An introductory overview Part I Foundations: Theory and method 2. Unity and diversity in the world's languages 3. Typological analysis 4. Linguistic typology and other theoretical approaches 5. Language samples and sampling methods 6. Data collection: Sources, issues and problem 7. Typological asymmetry: Economy, iconicity, and frequency 8. Categories, prototypes, and semantic maps Part II Empirical dimensions 9. Phonological typology 10. Basic word order 11. Case alignment 12. Grammatical relations 13. Valency-manipulating operations 14. Person marking 15. Evidentiality marking