Original Paper

Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 773-787

Language typology and universal grammar: a commentary on the paper by Eric Potsdam

  • Gabriella HermonAffiliated withDepartment of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware Email author 

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This paper is a critical review and discussion of a novel approach to deriving typological universals directly from UG based principles and parameters. (See Potsdam, 2009), this issue.) It points out the pluses and minuses of such a research program and provides additional examples from Western Malayo-Polynesian languages (Indonesian and Batak), which illustrate the issues involved in extending the approach to a larger number of languages.


Typology Universals Austronesian VP-raising Wh-movement