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Language universals and linguistic typology

Bernard Comrie

Language universals and linguistic typology

syntax and morphology

by Bernard Comrie

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Published by Blackwell in Oxford .
Written in English


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StatementBernard Comrie.
The Physical Object
Pagination272p.
Number of Pages272
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21575534M
ISBN 100631162569

Semantics[ edit ] In semanticsresearch into linguistic universals has taken place in a number of ways. He claims that UG is essential to our ability to learn languages, and thus uses it as evidence in a discussion of how to form a potential 'theory of learning' for how humans learn all or most of our cognitive processes throughout our lives. Absolute universals and tendencies 1. The concepts of linguistic typology presented are demonstrated through examples from a number of different languages.

These relative frequencies might, for example, be used to determine why contrastive voicing commonly occurs with plosives, as in English neat and need, but occurs much more rarely among fricatives, such as the English niece and knees. He claims that UG is essential to our ability to learn languages, and thus uses it as evidence in a discussion of how to form a potential 'theory of learning' for how humans learn all or most of our cognitive processes throughout our lives. Word order and relative clause types 7. Word order and morpheme order Typology and Reconstruction

Firth and Louis Hjelmslev. At several points, C compares linguistic [End Page ] typology to other approaches to language e. An implicational universal applies to languages with a particular feature that is always accompanied by another feature, such as If a language has trial grammatical numberit also has dual grammatical numberwhile non-implicational universals just state the existence or non-existence of one particular feature. The data base 1. If a language were to lack one of these properties, it has been argued, it would probably soon evolve into a language having that property.


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Language universals and linguistic typology by Bernard Comrie Download PDF Ebook

An important concept in linguistic typology is a linguistic universal. Instead, the order of the words determines grammatical relationships.

When languages are in contact with each other, what changes do we expect to occur in their grammatical structures? For example, only some verbs in Georgian behave this way, and, as a rule, only while using the perfective aorist. Summary Notes and references 2.

He argues that "theoretical categories, and their Language universals and linguistic typology book construe an abstract model of language Complex constructions 7. By this, we mean that the languages in each category should turn out to have other features in common, features which are not used to set up the classification in the first place.

Greenberg []. Many typologists[ who? Words, especially verbs, in these languages also tend to become very long, because every argument in a sentence is inflected on the verb, but also on other words with an argument structure, such as prepositions. His book is informed throughout by the conviction that an exemplary account of universal properties of human language cannot restrict itself to purely formal aspects, nor focus on analysis of a single language.

A shared feature may be based on common genetic origin, or result from geographic proximity and borrowing. This is what this volume is about.

Absolute universals apply to every known language and are quite few in number; an example is All languages have pronouns. Morphological typology[ edit ] There are roughly four kinds of morphologies that languages use: Analytic, Inflectional, Agglutinative, and Polysynthetic.

Approaches to Language Universals 1. In Stock Overview Since its first publication, Language Universals and Linguistic Typology has become established as the leading introductory account of one of the most productive areas of linguistics—the analysis, comparison, and classification of the common features and forms of the organization of languages.

Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology

The question is - which are they? ISBN Among these motivations are: linguistic economy, iconicity, token frequency, diachrony, semantic relations, cultural salience, speech processing, and so forth. The problem is there is no mechanism for deciding how much alike descriptive categories from different languages have to be before they are said to be 'the same thing'" [4] Universal Grammar[ edit ] Noam Chomsky 's work related to the innateness hypothesis as it pertains to our ability to rapidly Language universals and linguistic typology book any language without formal instruction Language universals and linguistic typology book with limited input, or what he refers to as a poverty of the stimulusis what began research into linguistic universals.

This is also called cross-linguistic typology. Greenberg's correlations 4. Walter de Gruyter, The book starts with a typological introduction outlining principles of contact-induced change and factors which facilitate diffusion of linguistic traits.

John Benjamins, Tasks of Linguistic Typology "Among the tasks of general linguistic typology we include. For example, languages with postpositions usually have SOV order, and likewise SOV languages usually have postpositions."Linguistic typology took off in its modern form with the ground-breaking research of Joseph Greenberg, such as, for example, his seminal paper on a cross-linguistic survey of word order leading to a series of implicational universals (Greenberg ) Greenberg also attempted to establish methods for quantifying typological studies, in.

Nov 28,  · Language universals and linguistic typology - Volume 19 Issue 2 - Peter Coopmans. Skip to main content. We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites.

In Greenberg J. (ed.), Universals of language. Cambridge, Cited by: 7. Since its first publication, Language Universals and Linguistic Typology has become established as the leading introductory account of one of the most productive areas of linguistics—the analysis, comparison, and classification of the common features and forms of the organization of languages.Popular Linguistic Typology Books Showing of 21 Language Typology and Syntactic Description: Volume 3, Grammatical Categories and the Lexicon (Hardcover).Language typology and language universals: An international handbook.

Article (PDF Available) · January with 1, Reads How we measure 'reads'.Basic course book: Comrie, B. Ebook universals and linguistic typology. 2 ed. Chicago: U of Chicago Press(hereafter abbreviated as Comrie (T)). Comrie, B. ‘Language universals and linguistic typology: data-bases and explanations’, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 46,