Typology: Readings and Resources

Introductions to Typology

Bisang, W. (2001). Aspects of typology and universals. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Christiansen, M. H., Collins, C., & Edelman, S. (2009). Language universals. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Comrie, B. (1989). Language universals and linguistic typology: Syntax and morphology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Croft, W. (2009). Typology and Universals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cysouw, M. (2005). Quantitative methods in typology. In G. Altman, R. Köhler, & R. Piotrowski (eds). Quantitative linguistics: an international handbook (pp. 554-578). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Givón, T. (1984/91). Syntax. A Functional-Typological Introduction. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Greenberg, J.H. (1974). Language typology: A historical and analytic overview. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter.

Greenberg, J.H., et al. (eds.) (1978). Universals of Human Language. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Hickey, R. (eds.) (2017). The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Körtvélyessy, L. (2017). Essentials of Language Typology. Free download: https://unibook.upjs.sk/img/cms/2017/ff/esentials-language-final.pdf

Lyovin, A.V. (1997). An introduction to the languages of the world. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mallinson, G. & Blake, B.J. (1981). Language typology: Cross-linguistic studies in syntax. Amsterdam: North-Holland.

Nichols, J. (2007). What, if anything, is typology? Linguistic Typology, 11: 231–238.

Nichols, J. (1992). Linguistic diversity in space and time. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Plank, F. (ed.) (1986). Typology. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter.

Shibatani, M. & Bynon, T. (eds.) (1995). Approaches to language typology. Oxford, UK: Clarendon.

Shopen, T. (ed.) (1985). Language Typology and Syntactic Description. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Slobin, D. I. (1997). The universal, the typological, and the particular in acquisition. In Dan I. Slobin (ed.), The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition, vol. 5: Expanding the Contexts (p.1-39). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum.

Song, J. (2013). The Oxford handbook of linguistic typology: Morphology and syntax. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Song, J. (2014). Linguistic typology: Morphology and syntax. London: Routledge.

Velupillai, V. (2012). An introduction to linguistic typology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Whaley, L.J. (1997). Introduction to typology: The unity and diversity of language. Newbury Park: Sage.


Databases and other Resources

The Association for Linguistic Typology  has a list of databases and other resources for typological research. The Glottolog database of languages and language families also provides useful resources. On GitHub, you can find data sets and tools for the Autotyp project.

I hope you find these resources and the other resources on my ExperimentalFieldLinguistics website useful. I would greatly appreciate any further suggestions for this list and the resource lists on my sites for child-directed speech or language games. For updates, you can follow me on Twitter: @SonjaEisenbeiss