Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Universals of Language Today

Editors: Scalise, Sergio, Magni, Elisabetta, Bisetto, Antonietta (Eds.)

  • Includes a fresh and up-to-date survey of the present state of research on Universals of Language in an international context, with original contributions from leading specialists in the field
  • Features first-hand accounts of substantive findings and theoretical observations in different subareas of linguistics
  • Huge number of linguistic phenomena and data from different languages analyzed and discussed in detail
  • Essential reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students in linguistics
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This book collects the contributions presented at the international congress held at the University of Bologna in January 2007, where leading scholars of different persuasions and interests offered an up-to-date overview of the current status of the research on linguistic universals. The papers that make up the volume deal with both theoretical and empirical issues, and range over various domains, covering not only morphology and syntax, which were the major focus of Greenberg’s seminal work, but also phonology and semantics, as well as diachrony and second language acquisition. Diverse perspectives illustrate and discuss a huge number of phenomena from a wide variety of languages, not only exploring the way research on universals intersects with different subareas of linguistics, but also contributing to the ongoing debate between functional and formal approaches to explaining the universals of language. This stimulating reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students in linguistics shows how different, but not irreconcilable, modes of explanation can complement each other, both offering fresh insights into the investigation of unity and diversity in languages, and pointing to exciting areas for future research.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • How Universal are Linguistic Categories?

    Ramat, Paolo

    Pages 1-11

  • An Empirical Test of the Agglutination Hypothesis

    Haspelmath, Martin

    Pages 13-29

  • What Linguistic Universals Can Be True Of

    Lahiri, Aditi (et al.)

    Pages 31-58

  • Universals of Prosodic Structure

    Vogel, Irene

    Pages 59-82

  • Lexical Integrity As A Formal Universal: A Constructionist View

    Booij, Geert

    Pages 83-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Universals of Language Today
Editors
  • Sergio Scalise
  • Elisabetta Magni
  • Antonietta Bisetto
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
76
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8825-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8825-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8824-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7998-5
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 281
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