[Lingtyp] spectrograms in linguistic description and for language comparison

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Fri Dec 2 15:16:42 UTC 2022

Dear Jürgen,

to mitigate a bit your pessimist opinion of the methodological situation 
of our discipline, let me mention, as a contribution to the discussion 
you are requiring, my web page
which advocates a distinction between

 1. a probatory example (which is data used as scientific evidence)
 2. and an illustrative example (or pedagogical example, which is only
    meant to render a descriptive statement more concrete and, thus, to
    help understanding).

Methodological standards for these two kinds of examples are completely 
different. On #1, I may recommend:

Lehmann, Christian 2004, “Data in linguistics.” /The Linguistic Review/ 


Prof. em. Dr. Christian Lehmann
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