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Title Universals of human language / edited by Joseph H. Greenberg, associate editors, Charles A. Ferguson & Edith A. Moravcsik
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1978


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Description 4 volumes ; 24 cm
Series Language science and national development series
Contents v. 1. Method & theory.--v. 2. Phonology.--v. 3. Word structure.--4. Syntax
Summary The 46 papers in this 4-volume collection pro-vide clear and certain evidence that the search for "implicational universals" of human language (that is, for valid empirical generalizations such as "if property Y exists in a language, then property X must exist as well") has established itself, once and for all, as a powerful and dynamic force in modern linguistics. Concomitantly, the collection attests to a broadened use among scholars engaged in universals re-search of a theoretical and methodological strategy-pioneered, elaborated, and most extensively applied by Joseph Greenberg- that contrasts in fundamental respects with procedures favored by generative grammarians. Finally, and most impressive of all, the papers present abundant "results," a profusion of concrete findings that should persuade even the most hardened skeptics that implicational principles have a great deal to tell about what human language is and how it got to be that way. -- from (May 21, 2014)
Notes Several of the papers were published originally in Working papers on language universals
Bibliography Includes bibliographies and indexes
Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Linguistic universals.
Author Ferguson, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1921-1998.
Greenberg, Joseph H. (Joseph Harold), 1915-2001.
Moravcsik, Edith A.
LC no. 77089179
ISBN 0804709653 (v. 1)
0804709661 (v. 2)
0804709688 (v. 3)
0804709696 (v. 4)
9780804709651 (v. 1)
9780804709668 (v. 2)
9780804709682 (v. 3)
9780804709699 (v. 4)