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Typology in the 21st century: Major current developments

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1. Typology as a discipline

In the past century, typology was mostly used as an alternative method of pursuing one of the same goals as generative grammar: to determine the limits of possible human languages and, thereby, to contribute to a universal theory of grammar. The paradigm result was the absolute universal law that would rule out as linguistically impossible what would seem logically imaginable, e.g., a language with a gender distinction exclusively in the 1st person singular.

*Correspondence address:Institut für Linguistik, Universität Leipzig, Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig, Germany

Received: 2005-12-17
Revised: 2007-03-05
Published Online: 2007-07-31
Published in Print: 2007-07-20

© Walter de Gruyter

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