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Possible and Probable Languages: A Generative Perspective on Linguistic Typology

Frederick J. Newmeyer


This book takes on the question of language variety, addressing the question of why some language types are impossible and why some grammatical features are more common than others. The task of trying to explain typological variation among languages has been mainly undertaken by functionally-oriented linguists. Generative grammarians entering the field of typology in the 1980s put forward the idea that cross-linguistic differences could be explained by linguistic parameters within Universal Grammar, whose operation might vary from language to language. Unfortunately, this way of looking at var ... More

Keywords: functional explanation, functionalism, language variation, parameter, linguistic performance, language processing, Universal Grammar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274338
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274338.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick J. Newmeyer, author
Howard and Frances Nostrand Professor Linguistics
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