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Title: RE: RE: Empirical Linguistics and Mixing the Levels
Submitter: Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho
Description: 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
Date Posted: 24-Jan-2013
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
LL Issue: 24.456
Posted: 24-Jan-2013

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