criticisms of grammaticalization
kemmer at rice.edu
Sun Feb 26 01:53:24 UTC 2006
Epiphenomenon: A phenomenon that is a trivial and accidental byproduct
of truly significant processes.
A useful term of opprobrium applied to certain phenomena by members of
a dominant paradigm whose basic assumptions make it
difficult or impossible to account for such phenomena (without doing
stated or unstated damage to the assumptions or the theory itself).
Usually dragged into service whenever fruitful generalizations and
deeper understanding of the phenomena in a new paradigm
can no longer be ignored.
--Suzanne's Dictionary of Linguistic Codewords
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