Word: A Cross-Linguistic Typology
The best of these are Brown and Frawley , which are lengthy and comprehensive. In addition, there are a few encyclopedias and handbooks dedicated to typology.
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Haspelmath, et al. Greenberg, et al. The first volume is dedicated to historical and methodological concerns. Although it is not exactly a reference work, because it contains original research, the coverage is encyclopedic and represents a large swath of early modern typological research. Song is a series of critical overviews.
It treats the empirical results of typological study, while also covering the history of typology and issues in typological theory, as well as the connection between typology and related disciplines.
Brown, Keith, ed. Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. Boston: Elsevier.
A huge fourteen-volume reference work. It contains a section of short articles devoted to typology and universals, as well as typological descriptions of languages and language areas. Frawley, William J. International encyclopedia of linguistics. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Greenberg, Joseph H. Moravcsik, eds.
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Universals of human language. Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ.
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Though older than the other works in this section, this book is still relevant and covers syntactic, morphological, and phonological typology, as well as the history of typology and typological methodology. Language typology and language universals: An international handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter. DOI: This two-volume set is huge, containing more than a hundred articles on both empirical and theoretical aspects of typology.
It is a great first stop when starting a research project on any linguistic phenomena.
It also has an extensive bibliography. Song, Jae Jung, ed. The Oxford handbook of linguistic typology. Jae Jung Song. Language typology is the study of the structural similarities between languages regardless of their history, to establish a classification or typology of languages.
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It is a core topic of historical linguistics and is studied on all traditional linguistics degree courses. In recent years there has been increased interest the subject and it is an area we have been looking to commission a book in. Jae Jung Song proposes to introduce the undergraduate reader to the subject, with discussion of topics which include - what is language typology and why is it studied; word order; language sampling; relative clauses; diachronic typology; and applications of language typology.
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