Comparison of the grammars of human languages reveals systematic patterns of variation. Research in typology and universals attempts to uncover those patterns, to formulate the universal constraints on language that define those patterns, and to seek explanations for the universals. In this volume, William Croft provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the method and theory used in typology-universals research, together with an overview of basic grammatical differences between languages. Current areas of research, such as diachronic typology and the functional-typological approach, are thoroughly covered. This textbook will appeal to scholars and students in anthropology and linguistics.Croft, William is the author of 'Typology+universals' with ISBN 9780521367653 and ISBN 0521367654.