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

Original Paper


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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and Cognitive ScienceUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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