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Types of explanation in history

From: Language
Volume 89, Number 4, December 2013
pp. e18-e38 | 10.1353/lan.2013.0056

Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the ways in which explanation has been achieved in scientific work on language change over the last two hundred years. Explanations have come in many forms and at many levels and are greatly influenced by what are taken as the leading questions, which themselves have varied significantly since the early nineteenth century.