[Lingtyp] On the influence of non-linguistic factors on linguistic structure

Randy John LaPolla (Prof) RandyLaPolla at ntu.edu.sg
Wed Jun 10 09:31:55 UTC 2015

(apologies for cross-posting)

Members of this list might be interested in an edited book that just came out:

Language Structure and Environment: Social, Cultural, and Natural Factors

This book is a broad introduction to how languages are shaped by their environment. It makes the argument that the social, cultural, and natural environment of speakers influences the structures and development of the languages they speak. After a general overview, the contributors explain in a number of detailed case studies how specific cultural, societal, geographical, evolutionary and meta-linguistic pressures determine the development of specific grammatical features and the global structure of a varied selection of languages.

More information is available at: https://www.benjamins.com/catalog/clscc.6

Prof. Randy J. LaPolla, PhD FAHA (罗仁地)| Head, Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies | Nanyang Technological University
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