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Time for a sea-change in linguistics: Response to comments on 'The Myth of Language Universals'

Levinson, Stephen C.; Evans, Nicholas


This paper argues that the language sciences are on the brink of major changes in primary data, methods and theory. Reactions to 'The myth of language universals' (Evans and Levinson, 2009a,b) divide in response to these new challenges. Chomskyan-inspired 'C-linguists' defend a status quo, based on intuitive data and disparate universalizing abstract frameworks, reflecting 30 years of changing models. Linguists driven by interests in richer data and linguistic diversity, 'D-linguists', though...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Lingua
DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2010.08.001


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