publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Other literature type . 2019

Can cross-linguistic regularities be explained by constraints on change?

Haspelmath, Martin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 05 Mar 2019
Abstract
This paper addresses a recent trend in the study of language variation and universals, namely to attribute cross-linguistic patterns to diachrony, rather than to other causal factors. This is an interesting suggestion, and I try to make the basic concepts clearer, by distinguishing clearly between language-particular regularities, universal tendencies, and mere recurrent patterns, as well as three kinds of causal factors (preferences, constraints, restrictions). I make four claims: (i) Explanations may involve diachrony in different ways; (ii) for causal explanations of universal tendencies, one needs to invoke mutational constraints (change constraints); (iii) ...
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