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What there might be and what there is: an introduction to Canonical Typology<sup>1</sup>

Dunstan Brown and Marina Chumakina

in Canonical Morphology and Syntax

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604326
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.003.0001
What there might be and what there is: an introduction to Canonical Typology1

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This chapter introduces the volume and discusses the issue of data comparability in linguistic typology. Key concepts of Canonical Typology, including the base, criteria, and the canonical ideal (canon), are introduced and exemplified. Desirable properties of canonical typologies are outlined, and the framework is discussed in relation to other approaches. Summaries are given of each of the chapters in the volume.

Keywords: canonical typology; morphology; syntax; correspondence problem

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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