It supports multiple programming paradigms, including procedural, object-oriented, and functional programming. Python is often described as a "batteries included" language due to its comprehensive standard library. The philosophy of mathematics is the branch of philosophy that studies the assumptions, foundations, and implications of mathematics, and purports to provide a viewpoint of the nature and methodology of mathematics, and to understand the place of mathematics in people's lives.
The logical and structural nature of mathematics itself makes this study both broad and unique among its philosophical counterparts. Recurrent themes Recurrent themes include: What is the role of humankind in developing mathematics? What are the sources of mathematical subject matter? What is the ontological status of mathematical entities? What does it mean to refer to a mathematical object?
What is the character of a mathematical proposition? What is the relation between logic and mathematics? What is the role of hermeneutics in mathematics? What kinds of inquiry play a role in mathematics? What are the objectives of mathematical inquiry? What gives mathematics its hold on experience? What are the human traits behind mat. In neuropsychology, linguistics, and the philosophy of language, a natural language or ordinary language is any language that has evolved naturally in humans through use and repetition without conscious planning or premeditation.
Natural languages can take different forms, such as speech or signing. They are distinguished from constructed and formal languages such as those used to program computers or to study logic. Such examples include bees' waggle dance and whale song, to which researchers have found or applied the linguistic cognates of dialect and even syntax. However, classification of animal communication systems as languages is controversial.
This is an index of articles in philosophy of language A. Literal and figurative language is a distinction within some fields of language analysis, in particular stylistics, rhetoric, and semantics. Literal language uses words exactly according to their conventionally accepted meanings or denotation.
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Figurative or non-literal language uses words in a way that deviates from their conventionally accepted definitions in order to convey a more complicated meaning or heightened effect. Literal usage confers meaning to words, in the sense of the meaning they have by themselves, outside any figure of speech. Together with Frege: Philosophy of Mathematics , it is Dummett's chief contribution to Frege scholarship. Lowe Scruton Bibliography Books Lowe, E. Audi, Robert ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Lowe, E. Honderich, Ted ed.
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Scruton, Roger Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation. London: Phoenix. David John Chalmers  born 20 April is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. Philosophical schools of thought and philosophical movements. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality.
Ontology is the philosophical study of being. More broadly, it studies concepts that directly relate to being, in particular becoming, existence, reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Etymology The compound word ontology "study of being" combines onto- Gr. See classical compounds for this type of word formation.
Aesthetics, or esthetics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of art, beauty and taste and with the creation or appreciation of beauty. It also studies how they feel about art — why they like some works and not others, and how art can affect their moods, beliefs, and attitude toward life.
More broadly, scholars in the field define aesthetics as "critical reflection on art, culture and nature". Christian philosophy is a development in philosophy that is characterised by coming from a Christian tradition. Hellenistic philosophy and early Christian philosophy Hellenism is the traditional designation for the Greek culture of the Roman Empire in the days of Jesus, Paul, and for centuries after.
Classical philosophies of the Greeks had already expired and diluted beyond recognition except for small bands of continuators of the traditions of the Pythagoreans, of Plato, and Aristotle whose library was lost for centuries. The new philosophies of the Hellenistic world were those of the Cynics, Skeptics, and increasingly the Stoics.
Gradually a more integral and rounded tendency emerged within Hellenism, but also in certain respects in opposition at times to it in regard to one philosophical problem or another, or an ensemble of problems. Thinkers most closely associated with Hellenistic Christian philosophies are: Justin Martyr: Christian apologist and philosopher whose work often focused on the doctr. This is a list of important publications in philosophy, organized by field. The publications on this list are regarded as important because they have served or are serving as one or more of the following roles: Foundation — A publication whose ideas would go on to be the foundation of a topic or field within philosophy.
Breakthrough — A publication that changed or added to philosophical knowledge significantly. Influence — A publication that has had a significant impact on the academic study of philosophy or the world. Historical philosophical texts European and Islamic philosophy Ancient philosophy Parmenides c. On Nature.
Plato early period. Plato early transitional period, c. Plato early transitional period. Plato middle period, c. Julio Cabrera is an Argentine philosopher living in Brazil. He is best known for his works on "negative ethics" and cinema and philosophy. Other areas of philosophy that he deals with are philosophy of language, logic and Latin American philosophy. Human life, for Cabrera, is "structurally negative" insofar as there are negative components of life that are inevitable, constitutive and adverse: as prominent.
As with other academic disciplines, philosophy increasingly became professionalized in the twentieth century, and a split emerged between philosophers who considered themselves part of either the "analytic" or "Continental" traditions. However, there have been disputes regarding both the terminology and the reasons behind the divide, as well as philosophers who see themselves as bridging the divide, such as process philosophy advocates and neopragmatists. The publication of Edmund Husserl's Lo.
Look up meaning in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Meaning may refer to: Meaning existential , the worth of life in contemporary existentialism Meaning linguistics , meaning which is communicated through the use of language Meaning non-linguistic , a general term of art to capture senses of the word "meaning", independent from its linguistic uses Meaning philosophy of language , definition, elements, and types of meaning discussed in philosophy Meaning psychology , epistemological position, in psychology as well as philosophy, linguistics, semiotics and sociology Meaning semiotics , the distribution of signs in sign relations The meaning of life, a notion concerning the nature of human existence Arts and entertainment Meanings album , a album by Gad Elbaz "Meaning" House , a episode of the TV series House Meaning music , the philosophical question of meaning in relation to music "The Meaning", a song on Discipline Janet Jackson album The Meaning albu.
Philosophy of religion is "the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions". The field is related to many other branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. It is designed such that it can be carried out dispassionately by those who identify as believers or non-believers.
Pythagoreanism is one example of a Greek philosophy that also included religious elements. Philosopher William L. Rowe characterized the philosophy of religion as: "the critical examination of basic religious beliefs and concepts. Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The study of language meaning, on the other hand, deals with how languages encode relations between entities, properties, and other aspects of the world to convey, process, and assign meaning, as well as manage and resolve ambiguity.
There have been many philosophers in recorded history who were atheists. This is a list of atheist philosophers with articles in Wikipedia. Living persons in this list are people relevant to their notable activities or public life, and who have publicly identified themselves as atheists.
The linguistic turn was a major development in Western philosophy during the early 20th century, the most important characteristic of which is the focusing of philosophy and the other humanities primarily on the relationship between philosophy and language. Very different intellectual movements were associated with the "linguistic turn", although the term itself is commonly thought popularised by Richard Rorty's anthology The Linguistic Turn, in which it means the turn towards linguistic philosophy.
According to Rorty, who later dissociated himself from linguistic philosophy and analytic philosophy generally, the phrase "the linguistic turn" originated with philosopher Gustav Bergmann. Frege Accor. The Language Acquisition Device LAD is a hypothetical module of the human mind posited to account for children's innate predisposition for language acquisition. It is a component of the nativist theory of language. This theory asserts that humans are born with the instinct or "innate facility" for acquiring language. The main argument in favor of the LAD is the argument from the poverty of the stimulus, which argues that unless children have significant innate knowledge of grammar they would be unable to learn language as quickly as they do, given that they never have access to negative evidence and rarely received direct instruction in their first language.
Then these word forms organize grammatically correct sequences of. The division of philosophy into a practical and a theoretical discipline has its origin in Aristotle's moral philosophy and natural philosophy categories. In Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and United States courses in theoretical and practical philosophy are taught separately, and are separate degrees.
Other countries may use a similar scheme—some Scottish universities, for example, divide philosophy into logic, metaphysics, and ethics—but in most universities around the world philosophy is taught as a single subject. Theoretical philosophy is sometimes confused with Analytic philosophy, but the latter is a philosophical movement, embracing certain ideas and methods but dealing with all philosophical subject matters, while the former is a way of sorting philosophical questions into two different categories in the context of a curriculum.
Examples of theoretical philosophy. Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions: What is there? What is it like? Topics of metaphysical investigation include existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility.
This article discusses currently unsolved problems in linguistics. Some of the issues below are commonly recognized as unsolved problems; i. Others may be described as controversies; i. Concepts Is there a universal definition of word? Is there a universal definition of sentence? Are there any universal grammatical categories? Is syntactic structure constructed of part-whole relations of syntactic constituents or is it built of an asymmetrical dependency relation between words? Can the elements contained in words morphemes and the elements contained in sentences words or syntactic constituents be shown to follow the same principles of combination?
How are domains for phonological processes related to syntactic structure? Do prosodic domains deviate from syntactic constituent structure? Is it possible to for. He is best known for his contributions to philosophy of language and epistemology, which often draw upon and have influence in other fields including linguistics and cognitive science. In his more recent work, he has brought tools from philosophy of language and epistemology to bear on questions of political philosophy, especially in his book How Propaganda Works, which grew out of some blog essays at "The Stone.
In he transferred. Philosophical quietists want to release man from deep perplexity that philosophical contemplation often causes. Quietism in philosophy is an approach to the subject that sees the role of philosophy as broadly therapeutic or remedial. Quietist philosophers believe that philosophy has no positive thesis to contribute, but rather that its value is in defusing confusions in the linguistic and conceptual frameworks of other subjects, including non-quietist philosophy. Quietist philosophers By its very nature, quietism is not a philosophical school as understood in the traditional sense of a body of doctrines, but still it can be identified both by its methodology, which focuses on language and the use of words, and by its objective, which is to show that most philosophical problems are onl.
It is concerned with the relationship between signifiers—like words, phrases, signs, and symbols—and what they stand for in reality, their denotation. In International scientific vocabulary semantics is also called semasiology. It is often used in ordinary language for denoting a problem of understanding that comes down to word selection or connotation. This problem of understanding has been the subject of many formal enquiries, over a long period of time, especially in the field of formal semantics.
In linguistics, it is the study of the interpretation of signs or symbols used in agents or communities within particular circumstances and contexts. Eastern philosophy or Asian philosophy includes the various philosophies that originated in East and South Asia including Chinese philosophy, Japanese philosophy, and Korean philosophy which are dominant in East Asia and Vietnam, and Indian philosophy including Buddhist philosophy which are dominant in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Tibet and Mongolia.
Jainism may have roots dating back to the times of the Indus Valley Civilization. These religio-philos. The project had a broad goal: to identify the relationship between language and reality and to define the limits of science. The Tractatus was influential chiefly amongst the logical positivist philosophers of the Vienna Circle, such as Rudolf Carnap and Friedrich Waismann. Rachel McKinnon is a Canadian cyclist. She is also a transgender rights activist and a professor of philosophy. Fox News. DreierOctober 15, Fred; Rachel McKinnon, masters track champi.
McGill University graduates wearing doctoral robes A group of new Ph. PhDs are awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields. As an earned research degree, those studying for a PhD are usually required to produce original research that expands the boundaries of knowledge, normally in the form of a thesis or dissertation, and defend their work against experts in the field.
The completion of a PhD is often a requirement for employment as a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. Philosophy of science is a sub-field of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions of this study concern what qualifies as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the ultimate purpose of science. This discipline overlaps with metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.
There is no consensus among philosophers about many of the central problems concerned with the philosophy of science, including whether science can reveal the truth about unobservable things and whether scientific reasoning can be justified at all. In addition to these general questions about science as a whole, philosophers of science consider problems that apply to particular sciences such as biology or physics.
Some philosophers of science also use contemporary results in science to reach conclusions about philosophy itself. While philosophical thought pertaining to science dates back at least to. The book was published posthumously in Wittgenstein discusses numerous problems and puzzles in the fields of semantics, logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of action, and philosophy of mind, putting forth the view that conceptual confusions surrounding language use are at the root of most philosophical problems.
Wittgenstein alleges that the problems are traceable to a set of related assumptions about the nature of language, which themselves presuppose a particular conception of the essence of language. This conception is considered and ultimately rejected for being too general; that is, as an essentialist account of the nature of language it is simply too narrow to be able to account for the variety of things we do with language. This view can be seen to contradict or discard much of what he argued in his earlier work Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 1.
A semantic theory of truth is a theory of truth in the philosophy of language which holds that truth is a property of sentences. Tarski, in "On the Concept of Truth in Formal Languages", attempted to formulate a new theory of truth in order to resolve the liar paradox. Roughly, this states that a truth-predicate satisfying Convention T for the sentences of a given language cannot be defined within that language. Tarski's theory of truth To formulate linguistic theories without semantic paradoxes such as the liar paradox, it is generally necessary to distinguish the language that one is talking about the o.
Will, generally, is that faculty of the mind which selects, at the moment of decision, a desire from among the various desires present. Will does not refer to any particular desire, but rather to the mechanism for choosing from among one's desires. Within philosophy the will is important as one of the distinct parts of the mind - along with reason and understanding. It is considered central to the field of ethics because of its role in enabling deliberate action.
One of the recurring questions discussed in the Western philosophical tradition is that of free will - and the related, but more general notion of fate - which asks how the will can be truly free if a person's actions have either natural or divine causes which determine them. In turn, this is directly connected to discussions on the nature of freedom itself and to the problem of evil. Classical philosophy The classical treatment of the ethical importance of will is to be found in the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, in Books III chapters , an.
Linguistic film theory is a form of film theory that studies the aesthetics of film by investigating the concepts and practices that comprise the experience and interpretation of movies. Overview Linguistic film theory was proposed by Stanley Cavell and it is based on the philosophical tradition begun by late Ludwig Wittgenstein.
The theory itself is said to mirror aspects of the activity of Wittgenstein's own philosophising e. Wittgenstein's thought experiments as films are viewed capable of engaging the audience in a therapeutic process of 'dialogue' and even investigate the absurd and the limits of thought.
Social philosophy is the study of questions about social behavior and interpretations of society and social institutions in terms of ethical values rather than empirical relations. Other forms of social philosophy include political philosophy and jurisprudence, which are largely concerned with the societies of state and government and their functioning.
Social philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy all share intimate connections with other disciplines in the social sciences. In turn, the social sciences themselves are of focal interest to the philosophy of soci. In mathematics, logic, and philosophy, a property is a characteristic of an object; a red object is said to have the property of redness. The property may be considered a form of object in its own right, able to possess other properties.
A property, however, differs from individual objects in that it may be instantiated, and often in more than one thing. Understanding how different individual entities or particulars can in some sense have some of the same properties is the basis of the problem of universals. The terms attribute and quality have similar meanings. Metaphysical Debates about the Nature of Properties In modern analytic philosophy there are several debates about the fundamental nature of properties. These center around questions such as: Are properties real? Are they. Painting by Howard Chandler Christy of the scene at the Philadelphia Convention which led to the signing of the United States Constitution, an important document in American political and legal philosophy.
American philosophy is the activity, corpus, and tradition of philosophers affiliated with the United States. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy notes that while it lacks a "core of defining features, American Philosophy can nevertheless be seen as both reflecting and shaping collective American identity over the history of the nation.
This is evident by the early colonial documents such as the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut and the Massachusetts Bod. The book's main inspiration does not come from previous Marxists, whom Voloshinov saw as largely indifferent towards the study of language. Example of a syntactic tree. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved Blackburn, S. In Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Ted Honderich. David Sedley. Cambridge:University of Cambridge Press.
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It must be said in advance, however, that in the elder section of the two trees there is a significant difference. I am not able to say whether the Euro-Asiatic and the Nostratic families are genetically justified, but I assume they are. I am convinced, however, that from a linguistic point of view they are a figment of the imagination, as Cavalli Sforza too indirectly concedes , p. On the other hand, the Indo-European family, among others, is not an invention and I will take it as an example. A rather significant methodological problem emerges, which can be condensed in the following question: do two or more human.
For based on what we know of the history of these populations which is a fair amount starting from the second millennium B. It would rather be the contrary, an absence of affinities, that would need to be explained, as for example in the case of Hittite, which burst onto the stage, disrupting the reassuring pattern of Indo-European evolution elaborated by the Neogrammarians on a Sanskrit-Greek basis, a pattern that supported the illusion of a gradual progression from the complex to the simple, from the highly synthetic character of Indo-European to the highly analytic character of modern English.
For this lack of affinity, no convincing explanation has yet been found,. Now, if the relative linguistic closeness among Indo-European languages is the chance result of history, what can genetics add to what we already know, or think we know, about the linguistic proto-history of Indo-Europeans? Paradoxically, it seems to me that it is rather linguistics that can help genetic history by offering it a pattern, a more subtle order, which genetics seeks to verify, since population genetics never starts from the analysis of an indistinct group of humans, but from groups of humans that have already been somehow classified, often through purely.
Independent or dependent variables? This then seems to me the essential point of our discussion: genetic history and linguistic history can be viewed as two variables, but how are they related? The two variables are independent and have a spurious relation11, as in the. There is a causal relationship between the two variables and we must therefore ascertain which of the two is the independent variable and which is the dependent. Based on our present knowledge, I do not think we have any way. Yet, on the basis of what argument beyond the similarity of the genealogical.
Also, this argument could be turned the. This last point generates a third answer: both variables genetic and linguistic depend from a third variable. In this case, the third variable can logically only be the degree of geographical proximity between groups of humans and the duration of this proximity, and therefore a casual factor. Genes and phonemes. And here I come to the main point of my discussion: is the survey of phonemic inventories of languages useful for outlining a linguistic proto-history of human communities, of their migrations and of their starting point?
In a recent article, Atkinson argues for a relation between the so-called serial founder effect and the phonemic richness of languages, stating that there is an inverse relation between the distance from the place of origin of Homo sapiens. Africa and the phonemic diversity of a language, as a consequence of a series of divisions, each one of which would have provoked, along with a decrease in genetic diversity of the resulting populations, also a decrease in the phonemic diversity of their languages.
By comparing simulations from different points of origin, the author finds a confirmation for the African origin of Homo sapiens as well as of his. Under this model, during population expansion, small founder groups are. A series of founder events should produce a gradient of decreasing phonemic diversity with increasing distance from the origin […] This approach does not attempt to infer particular phylogenetic relationships between languages, nor does it require that the probability of encountering a particular phoneme changes with distance from the origin although it might , only that on average.
The article sparked a lively debate Jaeger et. I cannot offer any informed judgment on the quality of the statistical elaboration of the data, for which I refer readers to the articles in Science. The acceptance of the first premise is a necessary condition for the other two. Following are my observations. What do you count when you count phonemes?
The definition combines two criteria: a a perceptually distinct unit; b a unit that differentiates words. The first is an anatomo-physiological criterion that refers to the capacity of our apparatuses to produce, perceive and distinguish sounds. There are many definitions of the phoneme, as with all linguistic units, and this fact alone is worrying from an epistemological standpoint , but the one adopted by Atkinson is ambiguous with respect to a question that is crucial for all phonemic.
Atkinson agrees with this it is hard to see how he can treat phonemes as certain,. The point is that, whatever the definition, I think it. As a consequence, the size of the phonemic inventory of any given language can also vary significantly. I will take Italian as an example, i. Its phonemic inventory can oscillate between 56 units as provocatively. Basile et al. If such a disagreement characterizes Italian, which has been a frequent object of study, at least since the fifteenth century and the object of modern phonemic descriptions at least since , one cannot be faulted for being somewhat suspicious of the data on much less known and studied languages like!
While I have no doubt that an experienced phonetician using a narrow-band spectrogram might have detected or 55 distinct consonants, I wonder through what procedures these have been translated into or It is for this reason that I believe. The phones of a language, when they are not masked as pseudo-phonemes in the sense that through the assignment of a symbol of the phonetic alphabet they are basically turned into abstract classes, resulting from the conventions of the IPA , are hard.
For example, in any language, vocalic phones distribute themselves in a. And all these phones, even though very different from what phonologists would like them to be, effectively contribute to the phonic configuration of words. Aside from these rather conspicuous theoretical problems, the fact remains that the plurality of possible solutions significantly affects the reliability of any estimate of the size of inventories and consequently any statistical analysis based on them. The uncertainty of theoretical definitions and the resulting uncertainty concerning the actual size of the phoneme inventories of the various languages is the first.
Few speakers, few phonemes? This premise too is somewhat questionable. When studying languages in order to establish different degrees of complexity complexity that is also a measure of the diversity of languages , it is very reductive, if not downright wrong, to use as the only or main parameter the presumed number of phonemes, and to correlate it to the size of the population. This on account of two reasons. The first is of a more general nature. Gnerre , based on his survey of an extensive bibliography and on his equally vast field work in ethno-linguistics, proposes a divergent and much more convincing theory: the conditions in which human communities elaborate high levels of linguistic complexity of which phonetic diversity is one of the indicators are the following p.
As for the other parameters, these are. A second objection is more trivial. Swedish and Irish have a greater consonantal diversity than German, though the. Does every division lead to a decrease in phonemic diversity? For Atkinson, the serial founder effect influences phoneme dynamics in the same way that it influences genetic dynamics.
The idea is that whenever a population splits, the resulting populations are less numerous, at least at first, and genetically. If phoneme distinctions are more likely to be lost in small founder populations, then a succession of founder events during range expansion should progressively.
The corollary is obvious: the further we move away from the starting point Africa, in line with a common opinion , the greater the number of founder events and, therefore, the lower the number of phonemes. Even if one were to accept the first two premises without which the third would be impossible , the strength of this hypothesis remains doubtful. To the. The first is based on the many documented cases of population separation that have occurred in historical times.
A classic example of a founder event is offered by the history of Icelandic: between and , a Norwegian community colonized uninhabited Iceland; starting from the twelfth-thirteenth century, contacts. I know nothing about the. Similarly, Greek colonies in Italy did not seem to suffer from phoneme impoverishment. Are these time intervals too short? Perhaps, but certainly we have no proof that this is the case since no one has established what length of time is required for the presumed linguistic effect of the serial founder effect to manifest itself.
Or did the decrease in diversity. After all, no one can say what happened in the case of population divisions in undocumented periods: no one knows if and for how long they remained in contact with the parent population,. Did they occur only in historical times? The second observation is a result of plain common sense. Imagine a community that splits in two. I can understand why the size of the genetic heritage of each of the two communities consisting in the sum of the DNA of each member would.
But I cannot fathom why each of the two communities would maintain only part of the phonemes of the community of origin. It makes. Yet, this does not seem to be the case. In other words, as noted also by Van Tuyl and Pereltsvaig, in the absence of. Whatever the locations and phoneme inventories were for African languages in antiquity, the situation is surely different today, some 50, years after the modern human exodus.
Migrations, conquests, and borrowings— many of which occurred long after the era of the founder effect— can explain the present state of African languages more credibly than simple diffusion of small founder groups. Van Tuyl and Pereltsvaig Wang et al. Italian, which turns out to have 8 vowel phonemes, and this too is a surprising discovery 18 and reached the following conclusion:.
Apparently, the results without simplification should be more reliable. Therefore, Asia where the Babel was supposed to be might be a more appropriate best-fit origin for modern languages if modern languages have a. But in reality, I believe there is a more fundamental problem beyond the counting of the phonemes, the statistical algorithms adopted or the size of the studied populations. Specifically, I think it would be useful to have an open discussion on the. In a brief article on the contribution that linguists could offer to the study of the evolution of language, Carstairs-McCarthy , after citing the famous ban.
But scholars in other disciplines notably psychologists, anthropologists and. This has left linguists with a. Or should they stay on the sidelines while psychologists, anthropologists and others eagerly discuss such evidence as there. Carstairs-McCarthy , p. The question is obviously only rhetorical and the expected, scientifically correct attitude for linguists would be, according to Carstairs-McCarthy, to join the fray, rather than to stick to their true but ultimately useless admonishment on the complexity of languages.
It is my belief instead that the admonishment is not useless at all. Indeed, this, for me, is the final conclusion of the considerations made in the present paper: an invitation to consider carefully all facts and all options, avoiding all shortcuts, even when these facts and options appear to contradict the dominant theory.
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About half of the terminal features that have been described are multi-valued. This statement confirms the fact that there is something wrong with these overinflated inventories and. But this question is beyond the scope of the present paper. I also must. One could object that. DOI : Plan 1. Premise [link] 2. Genetic history and language history [link] 2. The linguistic fragmentation of Latin-speaking Europe [link] 2.
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