History in Support of Synchrony
Journal or Book Title
Berkeley Linguistics Society: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting
In a recent paper I argued that diachronic linguistics can explain certain typological phenomena that are otherwise problematic; in the present paper I want to discuss two other ways the study of historical data can contribute to synchronic linguistics. In §1 I argue that consideration of a prior stage of a language offers the kind of insight also provided by the examination of closely related languages. In §2 I show that diachronic data offer a way of testing hypotheses and claims.
Harris, Alice Carmichael, "History in Support of Synchrony" (2006). Berkeley Linguistics Society: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. 118.