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

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Subject: 24.456, Disc: RE: RE: Empirical Linguistics and Mixing the Levels

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Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:52:41
From: Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho [jbrandaodecarvalho at free.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


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