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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 11, Issue 1


What is universal about typology?

Edith A Moravcsik
Published Online: 2007-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.004


1. Introduction

The study of language typology has often been viewed as a rather special endeavor with few if any similarities to other pursuits within linguistics and outside it. Here are three such oppositions.

a. Language-typological generalizations are different from single-language rules.

b. Language-typological generalizations are different from theoretical claims.

c. Language-typological generalizations are different from explanatory principles: they describe but do not explain.

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*Correspondence address:Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413, U.S.A.

Received: 2007-01-05

Published Online: 2007-07-31

Published in Print: 2007-07-20

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 27–41, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.004.

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