What Counts as Evidence in Linguistics

The case of innateness

| Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
| Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
ISBN 9789027222374 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027292537 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
What counts as evidence in linguistics? This question is addressed by the contributions to the present volume (originally published as a Special Issue of Studies in Language 28:3 (2004). Focusing on the innateness debate, what is illustrated is how formal and functional approaches to linguistics have different perspectives on linguistic evidence. While special emphasis is paid to the status of typological evidence and universals for the construction of Universal Grammar (UG), this volume also highlights more general issues such as the roles of (non)-standard language and historical evidence. To address the overall topic, the following three guiding questions are raised: What type of evidence can be used for innateness claims (or UG)?; What is the content of such innate features (or UG)?; and, How can UG be used as a theory guiding empirical research? A combination of articles and peer commentaries yields a lively discussion between leading representatives of formal and functional approaches.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 7]  2007.  x, 297 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
What counts as evidence in linguistics? An introduction
Martina Penke and Anette Rosenbach
Typological evidence and Universal Grammar
Frederick J. Newmeyer
Remarks on the relation between language typology and Universal Grammar: Commentary on Newmeyer
Mark Baltin
Does linguistic explanation presuppose linguistic description?
Martin Haspelmath
Remarks on description and explanation in grammar: Commentary on Haspelmath
Judith Aissen and Joan Bresnan
Author’s response
Martin Haspelmath
From UG to Universals: Linguistic adaptation through iterated learning
Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith and Henry Brighton
Form, meaning and speakers in the evolution of language: Commentary on Kirby, Smith and Brighton
William A. Croft
Author’s response
Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith and Henry Brighton
Why assume UG?
Dieter Wunderlich
What kind of evidence could refute the UG hypothesis? Commentary on Wunderlich
Michael Tomasello
Author’s response: Is there any evidence that refutes the UG hypothesis?
Dieter Wunderlich
A question of relevance: Some remarks on standard languages
Helmut Weiß
The Relevance of Variation: Remarks on Weiß’s Standard-Dialect-Problem
Horst J. Simon
Author’s response
Helmut Weiß
Universals, innateness and explanation in second language acquisition
Fred Eckman
‘Internal’ versus ‘external’ universals: Commentary on Eckman
Lydia White
Author’s response: ‘External’ universals and explanation in SLA
Fred Eckman
What counts as evidence in historical linguistics?
Olga Fischer
Abstraction and performance: Commentary on Fischer
David W. Lightfoot
Author’s response
Olga Fischer
“This volume is a coherent collection of articles on the question of linguistic evidence in linguistics. The editors found balance in the range of topics, and the volume constitutes a varied collection of contributions, commentaries and responses. This structure caters particularly well for audiences who are informed in linguistics but do not necessarily have specialist knowledge of some of the issues discussed. Moreover, the mix of opinions enables the reader to spot controversial issues in the debate and clearly distinguish the writers' approaches. For this reason, the volume is highly recommended to everyone, but in particular to graduate and doctoral students.”
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BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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