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ERIC Number: ED072483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 8
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On Empirical Evidence for the Existence of Rules Governing Speech-Using Behavior.
Sanders, Robert E.; Schneider, Michael
Departing from Baconian science which focuses on explanation of the occurrence of events, Chomsky's linguistics involves a different orientation--namely the explanation of form to account for linguistic behavior. The "knowledge" upon which linguistic judgements are based involves the premise of innate mechanisms. The assumption that speakers and listeners are able to acquire linguistic competence because they are biologically equipped to do so gives rise to an empirical question--whether or not the acquisition of communicative behavior reflects innate mechanisms. To clarify the issue, the authors discuss some of their own research designed to determine developmental sequences in speech-using behaviors. They view their study as support for further extended and refined research in the area of speech-using behavior. Serious study of communicative behavior requires certainty as to whether Baconian or Chomskyan methodology best explains communicative competence. (Author/LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)