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Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


The tendency of linguists to base their analyses on writing-induced concepts such as P honeme , W ord , L iteral meaning and ‘sentence’, while at the same time subscribing to the principle of the primacy of speech for linguistic inquiry. Since most fundamental concepts of linguistics are derived from writing, linguists cannot quite do what they profess to do, that is, analyse spoken language without being influenced by writing. From its inception, grammar has been the science of letters, and in some ways it still is. See also F unctions of writing ; L iteracy . Reading Harris 1980; Linell 1982. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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