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Language Change, Variation, and Universals

Peter W. Culicover


This volume is about how human languages get to be the way they are, why they are different from one another in some ways and not others, and why they change in the ways that they do. Given that language is a universal creation of the human mind, the puzzle is why there are different languages at all, why we don’t all speak the same language. And while there is considerable variation, there are ways in which grammars show consistent patterns. The solution to these puzzles, the author proposes, is a constructional one. Grammars consist of constructions that carry out the function of expressing ... More

Keywords: syntactic theory, language change, language variation, language universals, language typology, grammatical construction, grammatical complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Culicover, author
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University