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On Explaining Language Change.

LASS, R.,

ISBN 10: 0521228360 / ISBN 13: 9780521228367
Verlag: Cambridge University Press, 1980
Gebraucht Zustand: Antiquarian
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Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (.), 1980.XIII,186p. Cloth. Small personal library mark and name on free endpaper. A few pen markings and annotations from KJD. 'What Lass offers in his book (?) is an attempt to explain why language change cannot be explained, or more precisely, why none of the reasons advanced so far is truly explanatory.' (SUZANNE ROMAINE in Language in Society, 1983, p.223). From the library of the late Sir Kenneth James Dover. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 29455

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Titel: On Explaining Language Change.

Verlag: Cambridge University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1980

Zustand:Antiquarian

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Roger Lass is concerned about the nature of argumentation within linguistics and the status of its data and theoretical constructs. Through an examination of standard strategies of explanation in historical linguistics (particularly of phonological change), in the light of past approaches to scientific epistemology, Dr Lass convincingly demonstrates that attempts to model explanations of linguistic change on those of the physical sciences are failures both in practice and in principle. Linguists can neither assimilate their discipline crudely to the natural or the other human sciences nor, at the other extreme, shelter behind the notion of a private self-validating paradigm. Although Dr Lass outlines some tentative paths towards an alternative epistemology, his main concern is that linguists should confront the philosophical implications of their subject, and he raises questions which both linguists and philosophers will need to consider.

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Roger Lass is concerned about the nature of argumentation within linguistics and the status of its data and theoretical constructs. He challenges linguists to confront the philosophical implications of their subject and look past the model explanations of linguistic change that are imposed on the physical sciences.

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