Linguistic Theory and Empirical Evidence

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  • Editors: Bob de Jonge1, and Yishai Tobin2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027286871

This volume further elaborates the empirical tradition of Columbia School (CS) Linguistics by offering diverse empirical analyses for a wide variety of languages. These studies open a much needed debate advocating the necessity of the independent validation of linguistic hypotheses. This research exemplifies how such a validation should be conducted by determining which forms underlie the analyses and extracting those observations that are considered to be objective. The volume consists of two parts: a section on synchronic and diachronic grammatical problems and a section on Phonology as Human Behavior (PHB), the Columbia School version of phonology, applied to evolutionary, developmental and clinical issues and the phonotactics of the selected lexicon of a literary text. It provides a wealth of useful empirical data and in-depth and sophisticated qualitative and quantitative analyses of a broad range of languages from diverse families: French, Spanish, Afrikaans, Dutch, English, Polish, Russian, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Subjects: Functional linguistics; Theoretical linguistics; Phonology; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Groningen; 2: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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