Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 April 2011

464 Pages | 36 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199756049

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The Linguistic Cycle

Language Change and the Language Faculty

Elly van Gelderen

  • provides examples of linguistic cycles
  • shows that Economy Principles can account for parts of linguistic cycles
  • argues that some cycles are relevant in the typological classification of languages, while others are not
  • shows that research into language change can provide insight into the shape of the earliest human language and how it evolved