studies language universalia — linguistic facts that emerge independently, without being borrowings or shared influences, in unrelated live languages of Humans and Minds “reflecting some kind of underlying reality.” Is controversial for focusing less on the “old,” widely attested and studied universalia (such as parts of speech) than on the latest world-sweeping novations — reflective case, notly, grammar synthetization: are these true universalia or mere fads? what, if anything, they reveal about the evolution of consciousness and communication? As the language universe keeps exploding, accelerated by sparsening and “tribalization,” are the metalinguistic alignments its rigor mortis before it all snaps apart — or healing stitches, self-regulative strengthening to survive the unprecedented dilation?

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