Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony

Cristofaro, Sonia; Zúñiga, Fernando (eds.) (2018). Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony. Typological studies in language: Vol. 121. Amsterdam: John Benjamins 10.1075/tsl.121

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Typological hierarchies are widely perceived as one of the most important results of research on language universals and linguistic diversity. Explanations for typological hierarchies, however, are usually based on the synchronic properties of the patterns described by individual hierarchies, not the actual diachronic processes that give rise to these patterns cross-linguistically. This book aims to explore in what ways the investigation of such processes can further our understanding of typological hierarchies. To this end, diachronic evidence about the origins of several phenomena described by typological hierarchies is discussed for several languages by a number of leading scholars in typology, historical linguistics, and language documentation. This evidence suggests a rethinking of possible explanations for typological hierarchies, as well as the very notion of typological universals in general. For this reason, the book will be of interest not only to the broad typological community, but also historical linguists, cognitive linguists, and psycholinguists.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

0167-7373

ISBN:

9789027200266

Series:

Typological studies in language

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2018 10:00

Last Modified:

07 Aug 2018 10:00

Publisher DOI:

10.1075/tsl.121

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119102

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