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The challenge of making language description and comparison mutually beneficial

Martin Haspelmath;
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  • Published: 29 Apr 2016
AbstractI argue that the distinction between comparative concepts and descriptive categories helps language describers and typologists to benefit from each other because describers are free to set up their own categories, typologists are free to define their own concepts, comparison need not involve complete systems, and interlinear translation can be either based on comparative concepts or descriptive categories. A similar distinction also exists in other disciplines that deal with cultural concepts.
free text keywords: comparative concept, language description, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Linguistics, Sociology
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Form-frequency correspondences in grammar
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  • Project Code: 670985
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