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Thoughts on language-specific and crosslinguistic entities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8914-7129
2016 (English)In: Linguistic typology, ISSN 1430-0532, E-ISSN 1613-415X, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 427-437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses questions arising in connection with Martin Haspelmath’s proposal to distinguish between “descriptive categories” at the language-specific level and “comparative concepts” at the crosslinguistic level, where the latter cannot be seen as either crosslinguistic categories or category types (Haspelmath 2010). It is argued that comparative concepts may be better subsumed under the notion of “generalizing concept”, which is not tied to any specific level of analysis, and that the distinction between what is language-specific and what is crosslinguistic is not absolute. Further, it is shown that crosslinguistic pattern clusters as identified in what is here called “bottom-up typology” meshes well with the homeostatic property cluster approach to biological species.

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2016. Vol. 20, no 2, p. 427-437
Keywords [en]
categories, comparison, methodology
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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General Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138521DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2016-0016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138521DiVA, id: diva2:1067559
Available from: 2017-01-22 Created: 2017-01-22 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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