This introductory chapter exemplifies different approaches to the problem of understanding the relationship between language universals and language change, using the heuristic categories structural, historical, and external. The chapter is organized as follows: Section 1.2 comments in the term universal; Section 1.3 comments on the term explanation; Section 1.4 summarizes structural approaches; Section 1.5 summarizes historical approaches; and Section 1.6 summarizes external approaches.
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