[Lingtyp] spectrograms in linguistic description and for language comparison

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Sat Dec 10 19:11:11 UTC 2022

Randy, I certainly agree with the thrust of your argument. However, here 
as elsewhere, there are degrees. Grammaticalization is 'formalization', 
subjection to rules of grammar. The lower the grammatical level (the 
level of complexity), the more rigid the rules. It seems to me that 
there are straightforward grammaticality judgements at the lowest level, 
viz. the level of inflectional morphology. If an informant tells me that 
one does not say /goed/, but instead /went/, this is not a question of 
being able to think up a situation of use, but just a report on the 
linguistic experience of one's lifetime.

But again, I fully agree as far as judgements at higher levels of 
complexity are concerned.

Prof. em. Dr. Christian Lehmann
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