Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Linguistics

Department

English

Journal Title

Linguistics Vanguard

Pub Date

4-13-2015

Publisher

De Gruyter

Volume

1

Issue

1

Journal Article URL

https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/lingvan.2015.1.issue-1/lingvan-2015-1004/lingvan-2015-1004.xml?lang=en

First Page

189

Abstract

This article presents an overview of the goals and methods of semantic typology, the study of the distribution of semantic categories across languages. Results from this field inform theoretical accounts of syntax-semantics interface phenomena, as well as the nature of the relationship between language and cognition. This article discusses a variety of quantitative methods that represent recent efforts in semantic typology to (i) discover patterns in the distribution of independent variables and (ii) predict the distribution of dependent variables in relation to identified independent variables. Such methods include Multi-Dimensional Scaling, Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, and Generalized Linear Mixed Effects regression analyses. We identify and discuss notable published examples of these methods used in semantic typology.

DOI

10.1515/lingvan-2015-1004

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