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Linguistic Universals and Language Change
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Linguistic Universals and Language Change

Jeff Good


This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins. The book brings together specially commissioned work by leading scholars, including prominent repr ... More

Keywords: synchronic factors, diachronic factors, universal human cognitive capacity, grammatical change, lexical change, cultural factors, external factors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Good, editor
University at Buffalo
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