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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 11, Issue 1


Methodology and the empirical base of typology

Lynn Nichols
Published Online: 2007-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.020


A significant part of the debate over the practice of “good” linguistic typology is concerned with the issue of methodology that can produce generalizations at a satisfactory depth based on a satisfactory sample size. As the articles in this collection themselves attest, there is no single goal for typology: the inventory of possible human language structures, variation within a phenomenon, the diffusion of particular phenomena, areal patterns, as well as the stability of linguistic phenomena over time are just a sampling of the concerns which typologists have had. Even given such diverse goals – where methodological differences might be take for granted as necessary – the debate over typological methodology persists.

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*Correspondence address:Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, U.S.A.

Received: 2005-12-17

Revised: 2007-01-15

Published Online: 2007-07-31

Published in Print: 2007-07-20

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 259–264, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.020.

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