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Language Change, Variation, and Universals$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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Language Change, Variation, and Universals
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Peter W. Culicover

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865391.003.0001

This chapter lays out the general problem of explaining the form of grammars, and relates this problem to that of characterizing grammatical complexity. Following much recent work, it takes the view that reduction of complexity is a driving explanatory force whose effects can be seen in change and in variation. The chapter sketches out the general perspective taken in the book on universals, conceptual structure, constructions, complexity and change and variation, and how they are related.

Keywords:   language universals, conceptual structure, grammatical constructions, grammatical complexity, grammatical change, grammatical variation

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