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ERIC Number: ED041283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 850
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Papers in Structural and Transformational Linguistics. Formal Linguistics Series, Volume 1.
Harris, Zellig S.
The papers reprinted in this volume carry out the "distributional method," i.e., the analysis of occurrence restrictions, beyond phonemics. This methodological approach, of defining more freely combining new elements on the basis of occurrence restrictions of old elements, has proved applicable in many situations in structural linguistics. The hierarchical defining of new elements, one level in terms of another, provides a more compact description of the combinations in language. It also changes the character of structural linguistics from a science of classificational lists to one of relational types. That occurrence relations are relevant to structure is clear from the fact that for each set of entities not all combinations occur as utterances of the languages. But occurrence relations have also an interpretational relevance, because the entities and distinctions which they define have a useful interpretation in the behavioral or meaningful character of language. The analysis of occurrence relations, which led first to phonemics, leads finally to the distinguishing of two structurally and interpretationally different systems which together produce language. (Chapters treat structural linguistics in terms of its methods and language structures; string analysis and computation; discourse analysis; transformations; and some of the works of Gray, Trubetskoy, and Sapir.) (AMM)
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