On the relationship between typology and the description of Uralic languages

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Miestamo , M M P 2018 , ' On the relationship between typology and the description of Uralic languages ' , Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics , vol. 9 , no. 1 , pp. 31-53 . https://doi.org/10.12697/jeful.2018.9.1.02

Title: On the relationship between typology and the description of Uralic languages
Author: Miestamo, Matti Markko Petteri
Contributor organization: General Linguistics
Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics
ISSN: 1736-8987
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12697/jeful.2018.9.1.02
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/288712
Abstract: Language typologists are dependent on data provided by descriptive linguists working on individual languages, who, in turn, benefit from typologists’ results, which give them new insights into the properties of their respective languages. The article addresses the relationship between typology and Uralic descriptive linguistics. The state of description of Uralic languages is examined by surveying the availability of descriptive sources on Uralic languages in the Glottolog database, which is widely used by typologists. Ways in which Uralic studies and language typology can be brought closer to each other for the benefit of both fields are discussed giving a number of recommendations for writing typologically-oriented grammars of (Uralic) languages. Finally, the use of typologically informed questionnaires in language description is briefly addressed.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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