What is typology? - a short note

It is often assumed that the goal of typology is to define the notion ‘possible human language’. This view, which I call the Universalist Typology view is shared, for example, by virtually all contributors to Bynon & Shi
It is often assumed that the goal of typology is to define the notion ‘possible human language’. This view, which I call the Universalist Typology view is shared, for example, by virtually all contributors to Bynon & Shibatani’s 1995 volume Approaches to Language Typology, and by Moravscik in her review of this volume in Linguistic Typology 1 (p.105). In the following I claim that this assumption is fundamentally mistaken. To clarify the theoretical status of what is meant by ‘possible human language’, I argue here for a distinction between typological theory (theoretical typology) and grammatical theory (theoretical syntax and theoretical morphology) as distinct subdisciplines of linguistics.
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Author:Balthasar Bickel
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1160527
URL:http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~bickel/research/papers/manifesto.pdf
Publisher:Univ.
Place of publication:Leipzig
Document Type:Working Paper
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/08/10
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/08/10
SWD-Keyword:Sprachtypologie
Issue:Draft
Pagenumber:3
HeBIS PPN:287534308
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Sprachtypologie / Language typology
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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