ERIC Number: ED123887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
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On the Nature of Interdisciplinary Linguistics. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2.
St. Clair, Robert
The academic and administrative problems involved in the quest to integrate the language sciences are reviewed. It is claimed that the explanatory power of a truly interdisciplinary approach to language can only be achieved on a meta-paradigmatic level. This failure to consider the disparities in theoretical persuasions, it is noted, is a major factor in the demise of the task force approach to problem solving. Two meta-paradigmatic models are introduced and it is argued that the phenomenological approach to language research provides a basis for greater insights about the nature of language than the traditional positivistic model. What is significant about this investigation is that it not only advocates a more sophisticated analysis of the various schools of thought within the language sciences, but it also demonstrates the fact that discrepancies in language theory and practice can only come about if the various scholars of the language sciences are willing to make a concerted effort to transcend the traditional boundaries of their academic training by resolving language-related issues and sharing powerful insights within the broad dimension of interdisciplinary linguistics. (Author)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.