School of Communication
Primary Subject Area
linguistics, Palestinian Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Joseph Greenberg, Language Universals, typologies, comparative linguistics
Guerra, Devon R., "A Comparison of Joseph Greenberg’s “Language Universals” as Shown in the Palestinian Arabic, Spanish, and Korean Languages" (2008). Senior Honors Theses. 63.
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.