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LINGUIST List 21.1451

Wed Mar 24 2010

Books: Historical Ling/Ling Theories: Wohlgemuth, Cysouw (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Rethinking Universals: Wohlgemuth, Cysouw (Eds)

Message 1: Rethinking Universals: Wohlgemuth, Cysouw (Eds)
Date: 19-Mar-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Rethinking Universals: Wohlgemuth, Cysouw (Eds)
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Title: Rethinking Universals
Subtitle: How Rarities affect Linguistic Theory
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 45
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110220926-1

Editor: Jan Wohlgemuth
Editor: Michael Cysouw
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110220933 Pages: 288 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110220926 Pages: 288 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Universals of language have been studied extensively for the last four
decades, allowing fundamental insight into the principles and general
properties of human language. Only incidentally have researchers looked at
the other end of the scale. And even when they did, they mostly just noted
peculiar facts as "quirks" or "unusual behavior", without making too much
of an effort at explaining them beyond calling them "exceptions" to various
rules or generalizations.

Rarissima and rara, features and properties found only in one or very few
languages, tell us as much about the capacities and limits of human
language(s) as do universals. Explaining the existence of such rare
phenomena on the one hand, and the fact of their rareness or uniqueness on
the other, is a reasonable and interesting challenge to any theory of how
human language works.

The present volume for the first time compiles selected papers on the study
of rare linguistic features from various fields of linguistics and from a
wide range of languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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