Dying words: Endangered languages and what they have to tell us
The next century will see more than half of the world's 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity ...
Time for a sea-change in linguistics: Response to comments on The Myth of Language Universals
Lingua 120(12):2733--2758, 2010
This paper argues that the language sciences are on the brink of major changes in primary data, methods and theory. Reactions to 'The myth of language universals'(Evans and Levinson, 2009a, b) divide in response to these new challenges. Chomskyan-inspired 'C- ...
The myth of language universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive sciencedoi.orgPDF
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32(05):429--448, 2009
Abstract Talk of linguistic universals has given cognitive scientists the impression that languages are all built to a common pattern. In fact, there are vanishingly few universals of language in the direct sense that all languages exhibit them. Instead, diversity can be ...