|TITLE||Language Typology and Universals|
|LEVEL||03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course|
|DEPARTMENT||Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology|
LIN1070, LIN1080 or equivalent
This course is aimed at familiarising the student with research on language typology and with the study of language universals. The student needs to have a knowledge of basic linguistic terms and concepts.
The course presents an overview of the major differences (typology) and similarities (universality) among languages, in particular within the core areas of linguistic analysis, namely phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. The concepts of type and universality in linguistics are discussed critically, and the linguistic evidence for language universals and language types found in the literature is explored in detail.
- Comrie, B. 1981. Language Universals and Linguistic Typology. Chicago: Blackwell
- Croft, W. 1991. Universals and Typology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Greenberg, J. H., C. Fergusen, and E. Moravcsik. (eds.) 1978. Universals of Human Language. 4 volumes. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press
- Mallinson, G., and B. Blake. 1981. Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam: North-Holland
- Whaley, L. J. 1997. Introduction to Typology: The unity and diversity of language. London: Sage
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