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Author David Eddington
Title Presidential Address: Linguistics and the Scientific Method Type Journal Article
Year 2008 Publication Southwest Journal of Linguistics Abbreviated Journal
Volume 27 Issue 2 Pages
Abstract T. In the present paper, I contrast empirical and non-empirical approaches to linguistics by examining the extent to which they practice the
scientific method. I provide examples of linguistic analyses that follow and
depart from the scientific method and argue that valid explanations about
actual language processing rely on adherence to scientific methodology.
However, this is not a requirement for philosophical arguments about abstract
language structure. Charges of pseudoscience arise when empirical significance is attached to analyses that fail to follow the scientific method. Progress
in linguistics is only made to the extent that researchers adopt the method
that is standard in scientific endeavors.
Corporate Author Thesis
Publisher Southwest Journal of Linguistics Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume 27 Series Issue 2 Edition
Area (up) Expedition Conference
Notes Approved no
Call Number BYU @ faivzaj76 @ Serial 47193
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