A general method for the statistical evaluation of typological distributions

The distribution of linguistic structures in the world is the joint product of universal principles, inheritance from ancestor languages, language contact, social structures, and random fluctuation. This paper proposes a
The distribution of linguistic structures in the world is the joint product of universal principles, inheritance from ancestor languages, language contact, social structures, and random fluctuation. This paper proposes a method for evaluating the relative significance of each factor — and in particular, of universal principles — via regression modeling: statistical evidence for universal principles is found if the odds for families to have skewed responses (e.g. all or most members have postnominal relative clauses) as opposed to having an opposite response skewing or no skewing at all, is significantly higher for some condition (e.g. VO order) than for another condition, independently of other factors.
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Author:Balthasar Bickel
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1160513
URL:http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~bickel/research/papers/testing_universals_bickel2008.pdf
Publisher:Univ.
Place of publication:Leipzig
Document Type:Working Paper
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/08/10
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/08/10
SWD-Keyword:Sprachliche Universalien
Pagenumber:24
HeBIS PPN:287530108
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Quantitative Linguistik / Quantitative linguistics
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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