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Volume 34, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0378-4177
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9978
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Abstract

The paper investigates conflicts that arise in syntactic description and the resolutions of these conflicts. I will identify four logical possibilities of resolving conflicts and will cite examples from the syntactic literature for each. It will further be suggested that conflict resolution is a common goal of otherwise different linguistic theories in and outside syntax, and that it goes a long way towards motivating argumentation both in other sciences and in everyday discourse. The basic theme of the paper is that just as the study of languages provides a window into human cognition, so does the study of metalanguages — the conceptual apparatus employed by linguists in describing languages. Partonomy (whole-part relations) and taxonomy (type-subtype relations) will be represented as shared tools across various domains of human thought, with both relations serving a shared goal: resolving conflicts.
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2010-01-01
2019-10-14
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): canon , conflict , conflict resolution , partonomy , prototype , syntactic theory and taxonomy
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