grammaticalization Don't misrepresent Kuhn

Diane Frances Lesley-Neuman Diane.Lesley-neuman at
Sun Feb 26 22:08:01 UTC 2006

I think that in linguistics and in phonology this is a big problem. I used to
get a lot of pressure not to read--just get in there and crack phonemes.  It is
part of the crisis of linguistics as a science--which I find to be quite
Balkanized, and waters are tricky to navigate.  When that hurdle is overcome
there is the aspect of competition and professional jealousy--a minefield for a
newcomer in the field.
Diane Lesley-Neuman, M. Ed.
Linguistics Department
Institute for Cognitive Science
University of Colorado at Boulder

Quoting jess tauber <phonosemantics at>:

> I spoke with Kuhn about a decade before his death (in 1996), and he was not
> only rather unhappy with the way his earlier work had been distorted and
> extended to areas like business, but also wasn't sure he was exactly right in
> the first place anymore. But this is from misty memory. It reminds me of what
> happened to Einstein's 'relativity' in the social sciences and humanities.
> Shows what happens when someone else runs with your football.
> Seems to me that 'paradigm shift' is more like an earthquake or someone
> popping your balloon. Cumulating force imbalances lead to stresses/strains
> which can be ignored only until something gives either by itself, or because
> someone helps the process along. If you're lucky you are young enough and far
> enough from the main eruption to survive without too much need to turn your
> own work on its head.
> As for communicating more- maybe within any subdiscipline and school. But it
> isn't hard to find people ignoring both established and new findings of
> someone else's. Nor do people often delve back into the past to bother to
> find out if they're reinventing the wheel (AGAIN). Insularity/isolation,
> rather than multidisciplinary interfacing, is the norm in the publish or
> perish world (speaking as a member of the latter realm). Who has time and
> resources for anything else?
> But storming the gates of heaven is always loads of fun.
> Jess Tauber
> phonosemantics at

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