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Linguistic Universals and Language Change

Jeff Good


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 capacity for language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins. The book brings together specially commissioned work by leading scholars, including prominent repr ... More

Keywords: synchronic factors, diachronic factors, universal human cognitive capacity, grammatical change, lexical change, cultural factors, external factors

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Good, editor
University at Buffalo
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1 Introduction

Jeff Good Univrsity at Buffalo

PART I Universals and Change: General Perspectives

3 On the Explanation of Typologically Unusual Structures

Alice C. Harris State University of New York at Stony Brook

PART II Phonological Universals: Variation, Change, and Structure

4 Consonant Epenthesis: Natural and Unnatural Histories

Juliette Blevins Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

PART III Morphological Relationships: The Shape of Paradigms

6 Paradigmatic Uniformity and Markedness

Andrew Garrett University of California, Berkeley

PART IV Morphosyntactic Patterns: The Form of Grammatical Markers

8 Creating Economical Morphosyntactic Patterns in Language Change*

Martin Haspelmath Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

9 On the Explanatory Value of Grammaticalization

Tania Kuteva and Bernd Heine Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and Universität zu Köln

PART V Phrase Structure: Modeling the Development of Syntactic Constructions

11 Emergent Serialization in English: Pragmatics and Typology

Paul J. Hopper Carnegie Mellon University

PART VI Conclusion

12 Universals and Diachrony: Some Observations

Johanna Nichols University of California, Berkeley

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