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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 11, Issue 1


A few lessons from typology

Joan Bresnan
Published Online: 2007-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.024


Typology has a low profile in much of American linguistics, especially outside of phonology (Nichols 2007, Hyman 2007, Van Valin 2007). Yet, as I will suggest, the study of the results and methods of modern typology has important lessons for us as the field of linguistics undergoes a paradigm shift. Typologists study a wide range of language types, but I will show that even when one does theoretical work on a single, well-studied standardized national language like English, one can (and should) benefit from an awareness of typological findings.

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*Correspondence address:Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, U.S.A.

Received: 2005-12-17

Revised: 2006-12-20

Published Online: 2007-07-31

Published in Print: 2007-07-20

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 297–306, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.024.

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