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Proceeding from the assumption that all languages are equally complex, there exists a corollary, widely held but poorly documented, herein referred to as the negative correlation hypothesis. It states: If one component of language is simplified then another must be elaborated. Here, this...
Sonia Cristofaro and Paolo Ramat (eds.), Introduzione alla tipologia linguistica . Roma: Carocci, 1999, 306 pages, ISBN 88-430-1291-6, EUR 27.80. (Frans Plank) Teresa Moure, Universales del lenguaje y lingua-diversidad . Barcelona: Ariel, 2001, 222 pages, ISBN 84-344-8241-X, EUR 14. (Frans Plank)
In good science one expects experiments to be reproducible and their results to be replicable. Results are only accepted if researchers other than those who designed and ran the original experiment and thereby obtained results rousing the scientific community to (re-)action can independently...
In response to Verstraete (2005), where the focus was on non-Pama-Nyungan Australian languages, attention is drawn to the wider crosslinguistic spread of the composite expression of counterfactuality, and to relevant previous work. Such phenomena are then shown to raise important questions for...
Pamean languages have been considered to be outside of the Mesoamerican linguistic area. However, the number systems of Pamean show typical Mesoamerican structures: order of constituents Multiplier-Base-Addend, and systems with bases 10 and 20. Pamean languages have a typologically unusual, but...
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