By Balthasar Bickel (Ed.), Lenore A. Grenoble (Ed.), David A. Peterson (Ed.), Alan Timberlake (Ed.)

ISBN-10: 9027206856

ISBN-13: 9789027206855

What's the variety of variety in linguistic kinds, what are the geographical distributions for the attested varieties, and what causes, in accordance with shared heritage or universals, can account for those distributions? This choice of articles via favourite students in typology seeks to handle those concerns from a variety of theoretical views, using state-of-the-art typological method. The phenomena thought of variety from the phonological to the morphosyntactic, the areal assurance levels in scale from micro-areal to all over the world, and the kinds of historic contingency diversity from contact-based to genealogical in nature. jointly, the papers argue strongly for a view during which, even though they use detailed methodologies, linguistic typology and historic linguistics are one and a similar company directed at learning how languages got here to be the best way they're and the way linguistic kinds got here to be dispensed geographically as they're.

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