A note on linguistic theory and typology

Guglielmo Cinque 1 , 1
  • 1 Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia.


Let me say right away that I do not consider (“formal”) linguistic theory and linguistic typology as two separate approaches. The in-depth, abstract analysis of a certain phenomenon (say, how a restrictive relative clause is built) and the study of what variation there is concerning that phenomenon (how many ways of forming restrictive relative clauses are found across languages) are two sides of the same inquiry.

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Linguistic Typology publishes research on linguistic diversity and unity. It welcomes articles that report empirical findings about crosslinguistic variation, advance our understanding of the patterns of diversity, or refine typological methodology.