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Rethinking universals [electronic resource] : how rarities affect linguistic theory / edited by Jan Wohlgemuth, Michael Cysouw.

Contributor(s): Wohlgemuth, Jan | Cysouw, Michael.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Empirical approaches to language typology: 45.Publisher: Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter Mouton, c2010Description: 1 online resource (x, 288 p.) : ill., map.ISBN: 9783110220933 (electronic bk.); 3110220938 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Typology (Linguistics) | Linguistic universals | Grammar, Comparative and general | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- SyntaxGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Rethinking universals.DDC classification: 415.01 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The other end of universals: theory and typology of rara / Michael Cysouw & Jan Wohlgemuth -- Rarities in numeral systems / Harald Hammarstr�om -- Additional rarities in the typology of numerals / Thomas Hanke -- Explaining typologically unusual structures: the role of probability / Alice C. Harris -- Right at the left edge: initial consonant mutations in the languages of the world / Pavel Iosad -- "Quirky" case: rare phenomena in case-marking and their implications for a theory of typological distributions / Andrej Malchukov -- Negatives without negators / Matti Miestamo -- Accounting for rare typological features in formal syntax: three strategies and some general remarks / Frederick J. Newmeyer -- Rara and grammatical theory / Jan Rijkhoff -- Pairwise comparisons of typological profiles / S�ren Wichmann & Eric W. Holman -- Language endangerment, community size and typological rarity / Jan Wohlgemuth.
Summary: Rarissima and rara, features and properties found only in one or very few languages, tell us as much about the capacities and limits of human language(s) as do universals. Explaining the existence of such rare phenomena on the one hand, and the fact of their rareness or uniqueness on the other, proves a reasonable and interesting challenge to any theory of how human language works.
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The other end of universals: theory and typology of rara / Michael Cysouw & Jan Wohlgemuth -- Rarities in numeral systems / Harald Hammarstr�om -- Additional rarities in the typology of numerals / Thomas Hanke -- Explaining typologically unusual structures: the role of probability / Alice C. Harris -- Right at the left edge: initial consonant mutations in the languages of the world / Pavel Iosad -- "Quirky" case: rare phenomena in case-marking and their implications for a theory of typological distributions / Andrej Malchukov -- Negatives without negators / Matti Miestamo -- Accounting for rare typological features in formal syntax: three strategies and some general remarks / Frederick J. Newmeyer -- Rara and grammatical theory / Jan Rijkhoff -- Pairwise comparisons of typological profiles / S�ren Wichmann & Eric W. Holman -- Language endangerment, community size and typological rarity / Jan Wohlgemuth.

Rarissima and rara, features and properties found only in one or very few languages, tell us as much about the capacities and limits of human language(s) as do universals. Explaining the existence of such rare phenomena on the one hand, and the fact of their rareness or uniqueness on the other, proves a reasonable and interesting challenge to any theory of how human language works.

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