LINGUIST List 29.3520

Wed Sep 12 2018

Books: Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony: Cristofaro, Zúñiga (eds.)

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Date: 20-Aug-2018
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony: Cristofaro, Zúñiga (eds.)
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Title: Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 121
Published: 2018
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/tsl.121

Editor: Sonia Cristofaro
Editor: Fernando Zúñiga
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264459 Pages: 434 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264459 Pages: 434 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264459 Pages: 434 Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200266 Pages: 434 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200266 Pages: 434 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200266 Pages: 434 Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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