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Contemporary linguistics, Vol.41-42 No.1-2 June 1996. -

The paper is concerned with the relationship between typology and contrastive linguistics.

Some less obvious benefits that this close encounter may have for typology are demonstrated

by taking a closer look at so-called raising constructions. The usefulness of contrastive

methodology in the verification or falsification of putative language universals and parameter

-setting is exemplified on an earlier typological attempt by Eckman 1977 to generalize

raising facts by means of an implicational scale. It is argued that the scale is untenable

the way it was originally formulated. It has also been shown that a corpus-based bidirectional

approach may make the picture that typology presents less neat and orderly but

more realistic. Some issues bound to be uncovered by a contrastive approach, such as the

importance of finiteness-non-finitness cline and productivity of syntactic constructions, together

with attendant morphological and semantic factors such as morphological coding system,

word order, predicate-argument structure, etc., are claimed to be essential ingredients

of an alternative way of looking at the cross-linguistic differences and similarities in raising


Autor: Mario Brdar - ; Pedagoški fakultet, Osijek

Fuente: http://hrcak.srce.hr/


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