Universals of Language Today / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
This book collects the contributions presented at the international congress held at the University of Bologna in January 2007, where leading scholars of different persuasions and interests offered an up-to-date overview of the current status of the research on linguistic universals. The papers that make up the volume deal with both theoretical and empirical issues, and range over various domains, covering not only morphology and syntax, which were the major focus of Greenberg’s seminal work, but also phonology and semantics, as well as diachrony and second language acquisition. Diverse perspectives illustrate and discuss a huge number of phenomena from a wide variety of languages, not only exploring the way research on universals intersects with different subareas of linguistics, but also contributing to the ongoing debate between functional and formal approaches to explaining the universals of language. This stimulating reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students in linguistics shows how different, but not irreconcilable, modes of explanation can complement each other, both offering fresh insights into the investigation of unity and diversity in languages, and pointing to exciting areas for future research.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- How Universals are Linguistic Categories? By Paolo Ramat.- An Empirical Test of the Agglutination Hypothesis By Martin Haspelmath.- What Linguistic Universals Can be True of By Aditi Lahiri and Frans Plank.- Universals of Prosodic Structure By Irene Vogel.- Lexical Integrity as a Formal Universal: A Constructionist View By Geert Booij.- Searching for Universals in Compounding By Sergio Scalise and Emiliano Guevara.- Universals and Features By Greville G. Corbett.- Methods for Finding Language Universals in Syntax By William Croft.- The Fundamental Left-Right Asymmetry of Natural Languages By Guglielmo Cinque.-The Branching Direction Theory of Word Order Correlations Revisited By Matthew S. Dryer.- Universals and Semantics By Denis Delfitto.- Universals and Diachrony: The Evolution of Latin Word (Dis)Order By Elisabetta Magni.- Typological Universals and Second Language Acquisition By Anna Giacalone Ramat.