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Linguistic Typology

Ed. by Plank, Frans

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Interfaces between linguistic typology and child language research

1Correspondence address:Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 3210 Tolman Hall #1650, Berkeley, CA 94720-1650, U.S.A.

2Correspondence address:Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, PB 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology. Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 213–226, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: 10.1515/LINGTY.2007.015, July 2007

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1. Introduction

Frans Plank, the Editor-in-chief of Linguistic Typology (LT), posed the following questions to the Editorial Board (e-mail, August 14, 2006):

LT has now been in circulation for a decade. Time to ask several questions:

Has headway been made in Linguistic Typology – the journal and, even more importantly, the eponymous field? Or have we been going round in circles?

What has most memorably been found out in typology, and what is there yet to discover (the lexicon, phonology, …)?

What state is typology in now, intellectually and academically, and where will it go in the future?

What indeed is typology and what is not? What is, or ought to be, special about the aims, methods, and results of typology, in relation to other types of linguistic pursuits? Such as: grammar and dictionary writing; field linguistics; historical linguistics, deep and shallow time; sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics; language acquisition/learning and teaching; computational linguistics; well, “theoretical” linguistics; …

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