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Comparability and measurement in typological science: The bright future for linguistics

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Round,  Erich
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Round, E., & Corbett, G. G. (2020). Comparability and measurement in typological science: The bright future for linguistics. Linguistic Typology, 24(3): 2060, pp. 489-525.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-75EE-A
Abstract
Linguistics, and typology in particular, can have a bright future. We justify this optimism by discussing comparability from two angles. First, we take the opportunity presented by this special issue of Linguistic Typology to pause for a moment and make explicit some of the logical underpinnings of typological sciences, linguistics included, which we believe are worth reminding ourselves of. Second, we give a brief illustration of comparison, and particularly measurement, within modern typology.