Antilinguistics: A Critical Assessment of Modern Linguistic by Amorey Gethin

By Amorey Gethin

A examine of the way language and notion relate to one another within the context of a critique of linguistics. It argues that folks study the meanings of items of language by means of watching how these items are utilized in existence.

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But I have tried to get as close as possible, and describe directly what actually happens, instead of using labels of a kind that often only act as veils that stop people looking properly at what is really going on. 39-40) present the sentences 29 I'm leaving, for he makes me nervous. 30 I'm leaving, because he makes me nerevous. Obviously these are both possible sentences. They then give other similar pairs of sentences; one pair will be enough here: 31a Because he makes me nervous, I'm leaving.

They give this as an example of what they call 'descriptive adequacy' in a grammar of a language, and say such a grammar will give an insight into the minds of those who speak the language. But such a statement about 'stress attraction' does not explain anything, or give insight into anybody's mind. It is merely gathering into a formal statement of a 'rule' something that practically all English-speakers are aware of without the benefit of linguistics, and such awareness is emphasized by the linguists themselves!

Wooden box". In other words, repetition will give you repetition. It is not only in their structural codes that linguists and many others show their faith in barren analysis. Here is another example. In a review of Smith and Wilson's Modern linguistics Anthony Burgess (1979) admired the advance he considers we have made from the < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 old method of merely listing pairs of words like "télegraph - telegráphic, téescope - telescópic, atom - atómic" and showing the shift in stress, to what he calls explaining it by saying that "stress in the adjective is regularly attracted towards the syllable immediately preceding the adjective-forming suffix ic".

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