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Title: On Explaining Language Change
Written By: Roger Lass
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Description:

Note: This is a new edition of a previously published title.

Roger Lass is concerned about the nature of argumentation within
linguistics and the status of its data and theoretical constructs. Through
an examination of standard strategies of explanation in historical
linguistics (particularly of phonological change), in the light of past
approaches to scientific epistemology, Dr Lass convincingly demonstrates
that attempts to model explanations of linguistic change on those of the
physical sciences are failures both in practice and in principle. Linguists
can neither assimilate their discipline crudely to the natural or the other
human sciences nor, at the other extreme, shelter behind the notion of a
private self-validating paradigm. Although Dr Lass outlines some tentative
paths towards an alternative epistemology, his main concern is that
linguists should confront the philosophical implications of their subject,
and he raises questions which both linguists and philosophers will need to
consider.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521228360
ISBN-13: 9780521228367
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 18.50

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9780521117166
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99