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Why is a language the way it is?

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199683215
eISBN:
9780191764912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683215.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

One of the most tantalizing issues in linguistic analysis is the question of explanation—why is a language the way it is? One language may be similar to another because the two are genetically ... More


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