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Systematic typological comparison as a tool for investigating language history
|Title:||Systematic typological comparison as a tool for investigating language history|
|Issue Date:||20 Dec 2012|
|Publisher:||University of Hawai'i Press|
|Citation:||Reesink, Ger and Michael Dunn. 2012. Systematic typological comparison as a tool for investigating language history Nicholas Evans and Marian Klamer (eds). 2012. Melanesian Languages on the Edge of Asia: Challenges for the 21st Century, 34–71. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.|
|Series/Report no.:||LD&C Special Publication|
|Abstract:||Similarities between languages can be due to 1) homoplasies because of a limited design space, 2) common ancestry, and 3) contact-induced convergence. Typological or structural features cannot prove genealogy, but they can provide historical signals that are due to common ancestry or contact (or both). Following a brief summary of results obtained from the comparison of 160 structural features from 121 languages (Reesink, Singer & Dunn 2009), we discuss some issues related to the relative dependencies of such features: logical entailment, chance resemblance, typological dependency, phylogeny and contact. This discussion focusses on the clustering of languages found in a small sample of 11 Austronesian and 8 Papuan languages of eastern Indonesia, an area known for its high degree of admixture.|
|Sponsor:||National Foreign Language Resource Center|
|Rights:||Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States|
|Appears in Collections:||LD&C Special Publication No. 5: Melanesian languages on the edge of Asia: Challenges for the 21st Century|
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