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Representative sampling and typological explanation: A phenomenological lament

Michael Daniel
  • Moskovskij gosudarstvennyj universitet, imeni M. V. Lomonosova.
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Published Online: 2007-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.006


If you ask a typologist what linguistic typology is about, the majority's answer will essentially be that it is all about linguistic diversity, about the values various features have in the languages of the world. If you press further, many would specify that typology is about what is typical of human language and what is not. In fact, the latter seems to be a natural extension of the former.

*Correspondence address:Moskovskij gosudarstvennyj universitet imeni M. V. Lomonosova, Institut mirovoj kul'tury, Otdel lingvokul'turnoj èkologii, ul. Dovatora 3-15, 119048 Moskva, Russia

Received: 2007-01-15

Revised: 2007-03-09

Published Online: 2007-07-31

Published in Print: 2007-07-20

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology. Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 69–78, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.006, July 2007

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