publication . Other literature type . Preprint . 2017

How Comparative Concepts And Descriptive Linguistic Categories Are Different (Draft)

Haspelmath, Martin;
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  • Published: 30 Apr 2017
  • Publisher: Zenodo
Abstract
This paper reasserts the fundamental conceptual distinction between language- particular categories of individual languages, defined within particular systems, and comparative concepts at the cross-linguistic level, defined in substantive terms. The paper argues that comparative concepts are also widely used in other sciences, and that they are always distinct from social categories, of which linguistic categories are special instances. Some linguists (especially in the generative tradition) assume that linguistic categories are natural kinds (like biological species, or chemical elements) and thus need not be defined, but can be recognized by their symptoms, wh...
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free text keywords: comparative concept, typology, natural kind
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