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ERIC Number: ED123917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 18
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Linguistic Method: Yesterday and Today.
Rauch, Irmengard
This paper introduces the reader to a brief history of the focus of linguistic method from prehistoric times, through the Classical era, the Middle Ages, to the present. The scientific orientation of linguistic method is exploited; a set of specific principles is found to unify most of today's diverse methods. The success of linguistics is attributed on the one hand to the fact that the discipline serves as an analogue to other sciences, the most recent and exciting case being genetics, viz., the DNA code. On the other hand, the subject matter of linguistics, language, is known to be the human act per se. Accordingly, it is considered that human communication remains distinct from animal communication. In an effort to uncover how language is the hallmark of mankind, linguistic method is turning to the laboratory sciences for insights into the composition and linguistic functions of the hemispheres of the brain, and to philosophy, of which certain schools claim language as their proper object. In particular, the recent rediscovery of semantics leads the linguist to semiotics. Linguistic method today has progressed to the status of a well-established, independent discipline which can now enjoy the advantages of the integration of cross-disciplinary discoveries, humanistic as well as scientific. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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