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Comparative, Historical, and Typological Linguistics since the Eighteenth Century  

Kurt R. Jankowsky

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Mar 2013
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Jul 2013
Francis Bacon’s (1561–1626) demand for scientific language investigation, supplemented by Gottfried Leibniz’s (1646–1716) endorsement of natural scientific methodology, provided the ... More

Degrees of grammaticalization across languages  

Béatrice Lamiroy and Walter De Mulder

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article analyses the variation in degrees of grammaticalisation across languages. It proposes the hypothesis that an essential property of grammaticalisation also applies within a ... More

The drift of English toward invariable word order from a typological and Germanic perspective  

John A. Hawkins

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
This article looks at Edward Sapir’s notion of ‘drift’ in the history of the English language and examines drifts from the perspective of John A. Hawkins’ Performance-Grammar ... More

Grammaticalization and linguistic typology  

Walter Bisang

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers grammaticalisation in relation to linguistic typology and presents topological studies of grammaticalisation. It addresses the question of how grammaticalisation is ... More

Lexical typology and typological changes in the English lexicon  

Alexander Haselow

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
Whereas the typological change of the English language from syntheticity towards analyticity has been described almost exclusively for the inflectional domain, little attention has been ... More

Linguistic Typology and Historical Linguistics  

Kenneth Shields

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Linguistic typology has come to play an important, multifaceted role in the long-established field of historical linguistics. Its manifestations within historical linguistic study are ... More

Typological hierarchies and frequency drifts in the history of English  

Mikko Laitinen

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
One of the large-scale changes in the history of the English language is the loss of grammatical gender, a phenomenon termed the “Great Gender Shift” by Patricia Poussa. In this ... More

Typology and typological change in English historical linguistics  

Bernd Kortmann

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
This article explores various ways in which established and recent theories, concepts and methods in language typology are, or can be, relevant for investigating language change in general ... More

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