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LINGUIST List 24.456

Thu Jan 24 2013

Disc: RE: RE: Empirical Linguistics and Mixing the Levels

Editor for this issue: Kristen Dunkinson <kristenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Jan-2013
From: Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho <jbrandaodecarvalhofree.fr>
Subject: RE: RE: Empirical Linguistics and Mixing the Levels
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Yes, the 'separation of levels' has value as a methodological starting point, but I think that it is slightly more than that. The linguist's position on this point largely shapes his assumptions on the phonology / syntax interaction, for example. Otherwise, there would not be so many debates on those topics, on whether grammar is modular or not, etc.

By the way, I don't understand why 'not mixing levels' is associated with 'empirical' linguistics. This may have been true in the American tradition. However, European structuralism has generally shared the same tenet as many Bloomfieldian scholars, but not their empiricist background.

Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho

Original Post: http://linguistlist.org/issues/24/24-418.html
Response 1: http://linguistlist.org/issues/24/24-435.html

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