S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 41 Number 1/4 (2005)
On the Methodological Bases of Genetic Language Comparison
- Lehmann, Christian
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.41 No.2, pp. 379-404
- genetic relations; contact relations; regular correspondence; motivation; arbitrariness; grammaticalization; comparative method
- The notion of arbitrariness plays a fundamental role in the identification of linguistic properties which can prove genetic relatedness. In the traditional comparative method, arbitrariness is only relied upon in individual linguistic signs, The paper attempts to generalize the concept of arbitrariness to other areas of the linguistic system, including constraints on subsystems and processes, in order to widen the basis for genetic comparison and lay the theoretical foundation for new methods of genetic comparison.