Approaches to Language Typology

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EditorMasayoshi Shibatani, Theodora Bynon

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What do all languages have in common, and what gives each language its individuality? Language typology, which has developed in response to these fundamental questions, is concerned with the construction of theoretical frameworks capable of delimiting the range of possible human languages andof capturing constraints on cross-linguistic variation. Language typology is a major concern of all contemporary schools of linguistics, yet a coherent image of the field is difficult to form because of the diversity of theoretical orientations and practical methodologies. This collection brings together for the first time original contributions from major schools of typological research, from the Prague School to the Generative Grammar tradition. Leading scholars offer first-hand accounts of the theoretical foundations and substantive findings of their particularschool of thought, clarifying basic assumptions which are often not explicitly stated in the literature. The collection as a whole provices both a survey of the place of individual typological schools in the historiography of the subject and a comprehensive account of the present state of languagetypology in an international context. It gives an overview of both the underlying unity of and the differences in the methods employed in the field.

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What do all languages have in common, and what gives each language its individuality? Language typology, which has developed in response to these fundamental questions, is concerned with the construction of theoretical frameworks capable of delimiting the range of possible human languages andof capturing constraints on cross-linguistic...

Masayoshi Shibatani is Professor of Linguistics at Kobe University, and co-editor of the journal Pragmatics. He is author of The Languages of Japan (1990) and editor of several collections of typological interest including Grammatical Constructions (1996), Passive and Voice (1988), and The Grammar of Causative Constructions (1976). ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Masayoshi Shibatani and Theodora Bynon: Approaches to Language Typology: A Conspectus2. Paolo Ramat: Typological Comparison: Towards a Historical Perspective3. Petr Sgall: Prague School Typology4. William Croft: Modern Syntactic Typology5. Joseph H. Greenberg: The Diachronic Typological Approach to Language6. Gilbert Lazard: Typological Research on Actancy: The Paris RIVALC Group7. Vladimir P. Nedjalkov and Viktor P. Litvinov: The St Petersburg/Leningrad Typology Group8. Hansjakob Seiler: Cognitive-Conceptual Structure and Linguistic Encoding: Language Universals and Typology in the UNITYP Framework9. Naoki Fukui: The Principles-and-Parameters Approach: A Comparative Syntax of Engish and Japanese

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`This volume is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain a comprehensive view of what language typology is all about ... This volume is designed to provide the reader with a representative and reasonably comprehensive view of this extensive and variegated field so that readers can seefor themselves what distinguishes the various approaches, as well as grasp what unifies them ... this volume should be found on the bookshelf of all serious students of typology. Not only do the papers themselves address substantive issues and make generally significant contributions to this domain,the reference section found at the end of each paper potentially open a whole world to the interested.'Eugene Casad, Notes on Linguistics 2.4 (1999)