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Author: Robert Nicolaï

The transfer of one of the most classical linguistic methods of genetic comparison to languages without written traditions was made possible by the comparative approach to the languages of Africa; later on, a certain innovation became possible as well. Moreover, such an approach had to modify the strategy of research, as no historical perspective could be referred to. Difficulties (Problems) which are to be dealt with concerning empirical descriptions, and limits restricting the innovations in this field enable us to extend the discussion and open the debate on constructing the theories of language change in general. The transfer of the method thus opens opportunities to re-think (re-evaluate) more general models of language description and development.

In: Faits de Langues