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Roger Mills wrote:
> This site has a huge listing of "universals", near-universals, possible
> universals etc etc.--
>
> http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/proj/sprachbau.htm
>
> IMO "universals" should really be called _tendencies_, which may be strong
> or weak. Almost none, I think, are absolute.

Indeed.  The very first one I came across which mentioned Swedish
was wrong as far as Swedish is concerned: genitives precede their
head noun in Swedish, so can one trust the rest?

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/BP 8^)
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