School of Communication
Primary Subject Area
linguistics, Palestinian Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Joseph Greenberg, Language Universals, typologies, comparative linguistics
In 1963, Joseph Greenberg presented a way of describing the world’s languages by means of universal tendencies. This thesis will examine three languages representative of the three main language typologies—Palestinian Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. It will compare each of the languages to applicable language universals in order to understand the languages’ syntactical systems and prove the validity of Greenberg’s work.