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Hard-Science Linguistics : Open Linguistics S - Victor H. Yngve

Hard-Science Linguistics

Open Linguistics S

By: Victor H. Yngve (Editor), Zdzislaw Wasik (Editor)

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The impossibility of testing the depth hypothesis of 1960 of a connection between the complexities of grammar and a limited human temporary memory led to questioning the ancient grammatical foundations of linguistics and to developing standard hard-science foundations. This volume is the first detailed report on how to reconstitute linguistics on the new hard-science foundation laid by Victor H. Yngve in 1996. Hard-science (human) linguistics is the scientific study of how people communicate. It studies people and also communicative energy flow and other relevant parts of the physical environment. It studies the real world, not the world of language, and it develops theories testable against real-world evidence as is standard in the hard sciences. Hard-science linguistics takes its rightful place connecting the humanities and social sciences to biology, chemistry and physics. Thus linguistics becomes a natural science and contributes to the unity of science. This unity is clearly evident in the research reported here by these fifteen pioneering authors from diverse areas as they work to reconstitute linguistics as a true hard science.

."..for an approach that touts the scientific, there is a disappointing lack of hard data and physically testable predictions." - Barbara Abbott, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, September 2008--Sanford Lakoff

Preface
Introduction
Orientation to hard-science linguistics
The depth hypothesis and the new hard-science linguisticsp. 3
Issues in hard-science linguisticsp. 14
An introduction to hard-science linguisticsp. 27
Rules of orderp. 35
Reconstituting phonetics-phonology
Towards a physical definition of the vowel systems of languagesp. 49
Articulatory events are given in advancep. 67
An outline of hard-science phonetics-phonologyp. 87
In search of context
Reconstituting notions of referencep. 115
Reconstituting Austin's verdictivesp. 129
Analysis of a business negotiationp. 142
Lottery bettingp. 174
Variational and historical lingustics
Moving a classic applied linguistics study into the real worldp. 191
Describing Frisian communities in terms of human linguisticsp. 214
Mayday or m'aider : call for help in understanding linguistic changep. 225
Linguistic change as changes in linkages : fifteenth-century Englishp. 241
Social and psychological issues
The Victorian stereotype of an Irishmanp. 259
Needs as expressed in educational discourse on the basis of textbooks in linguisticsp. 269
Practical applications
The question of translationp. 291
Communicating scientific experiments in journal articlesp. 304
Disciplinary considerations
The riches of the new worldp. 321
Coping with cultural differencesp. 326
The conduct of hard-science researchp. 332
To be a scientistp. 342
Contributorsp. 368
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780826461148
ISBN-10: 082646114X
Series: Open Linguistics S
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.85  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 2