How Universal are Linguistic Categories?.- An Empirical Test of the Agglutination Hypothesis.- What Linguistic Universals Can Be True Of.- Universals of Prosodic Structure.- Lexical Integrity As A Formal Universal: A Constructionist View.- Searching for Universals in Compounding.- Universals and Features.- Methods for Finding Language Universals in Syntax.- The Fundamental Left-Right Asymmetry of Natural Languages.- The Branching Direction Theory of Word Order Correlations Revisited.- Universals and Semantics.- The Evolution of Latin Word (Dis)order.- Typological Universals and Second Language Acquisition.
Includes a fresh and up-to-date survey of the present state of research on Universals of Language in an international context, with original contributions from leading specialists in the field
Features first-hand accounts of substantive findings and theoretical observations in different subareas of linguistics
Huge number of linguistic phenomena and data from different languages analyzed and discussed in detail
Essential reading for scientists, researchers and postgraduate students in linguistics