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Linguistic universals and language change

Author: Jeff Good
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Good
ISBN: 9780199228997 019922899X 9780199298495 0199298491
OCLC Number: 167764180
Description: xv, 339 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Universals constrain change; change results in typological generalizations / Paul Kiparsky --
On the explanation of typologically unusual structures / Alice C. Harris --
Consonant epenthesis / Juliette Blevins --
Formal universals as emergent phenomena / Joan L. Bybee --
Paradigmatic uniformity and markedness / Andrew Garrett --
Explaining Universal Tendencies and Language Particulars in Analogical Change / Adam Albright --
Creating Economical Morphosyntactic Patterns in Language Change / Martin Haspelmath --
On the explanatory value of grammaticalization / Tania Kuteva and Bernd Heine --
The classification of constituent order generalizations and diachronic explanation / John Whitman --
Emergent serialization in English / Paul J. Hopper --
Universals and diachrony / Johanna Nichols.
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In this book leading scholars examine and assess rival explanations for linguistic universals and the effectiveness of different models of language change. They illustrate their arguments with a very  Read more...

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an excellent addition to the literature on universals and language change. * B. Richard Page, Zeitschrift fur Dialektologie und Linguistik * ...rich insightful theoretical interpretation, along with Read more...

 
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