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Croft relates that the first question asked of typology in relation to cross-linguistic comparison is "what is the role of the cross-linguistic comparison - the fundamental characteristic of typology - in linguistic analysis?" (Croft, 2002) Croft states that cross-linguistic comparison "places the explanation of linguistic phenomena in a single language in a new and different perspective." (Croft, 2002) In this view the possibility exists for the development of a set of generalizations or a form of analysis "that predicts the exactly the distribution" of the language formation. Croft relates that in the comparison of the grammars of the human language revealed are "systematic patterns of variation." (Croft, 2002) Typological research works toward uncovering and revealing these patterns and in the formulation of universal constraints on language."
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Typological studies of a community within the framework of the ecological systems theory takes into consideration the interdependence of systems that lead to differential outcomes whether those outcomes be in terms of education, language development, reading and mathematics skills or other skills that are learned within the framework of the community and all the interacting factors within that community . Interacting factors within a community include economic and political factors as well as the complex relationships that exist between individuals and their relationships with their families, institutions in the community, and their own individual relationship with all these aspects of the community in which they live and develop.
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