The canonical approach in typology

  title={The canonical approach in typology},
  author={Greville Corbett},
We are invited to consider ‘the proper object for theories of language structure’. Following Chomsky’s suggestion, we should aim to define the notion ‘possible human language’. As a part of that we need to develop the notion ‘possible word’. We were also asked to examine ‘the rich variation of forms and functions observed in the languages of the world’. This is the realm of typology, and I shall suggest that for typologists to make a full contribution we may need to refine our methods, as we… CONTINUE READING
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