Interjections: An insurmountable problem of structural linguistics?

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If interjections are absent from the works of mature Soviet structuralists, from the 1920s to the 1950s Soviet linguists tried to include them into formal and sys­temic language descriptions. However, certain distinctive features of the formal and semantic structure of these words made Soviet pre-structuralists not only call into question their basic methods, but also cause the collapse of some of the prin­cipal oppositions forming the basis of the majority of structural approaches to the language, i.e. syn­chrony and diach­rony; statics and dynamics; langue, langage and parole. Analy­sis of corresponding research shows that these difficulties could be explained by methodological specificities of Soviet linguistics at that time.


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