Formal Generative Typology

Mark C. Baker

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Formal Generative Typology

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This chapter describes an approach to linguistic research called Formal Generative Typology (FGT). FGT is a pragmatic and somewhat eclectic approach that is built on the idea of combining a generative-style toleration for abstractness in analysis with a typology-inspired interest in testing claims over a sample of unrelated languages. This appears to be a powerful combination, with the potential to greatly advance the quest for answers to questions about what is truly universal to natural human languages, what can vary, and whether the variation is patterned or not.

Keywords: linguistic research; generative-style toleration; abstractness; typology; languages

Article.  12171 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Linguistic Typology ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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