New PDF release: Antilinguistics: A Critical Assessment of Modern Linguistic

By Amorey Gethin

ISBN-10: 0585209804

ISBN-13: 9780585209807

ISBN-10: 1871516005

ISBN-13: 9781871516005

A research of the way language and proposal relate to one another within the context of a critique of linguistics. It argues that individuals study the meanings of items of language by means of gazing how these items are utilized in existence.

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You think he's where on holiday? 23 When's the party? cf. The party's when? 24 Where's Bill? cf. Bill's where? < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 The basis of the contraction of "is" is in fact lack of emphasis, which is just what one would expect. But one does not get this lack of emphasis on "is" unless something else is emphasized. So one can always contract "is" to "'s" if one is saying (or questioning) that something is something that carries the emphasis and takes it away from ''is".

One can see this principle at work in all the sentences above. , is Bill? So one can contract "is" in all these. But in 16(a) and 18(a) one is not saying something is something; one is effectively saying 16ai I'll ask where (always) on Thursday the party IS. 18ai I wonder when tonight the party IS. The principle can be seen working again in 25a Why do you think the party's formal tonight? b I think it IS tonight (= Tonight I think it IS) c because it's somebody's birthday. * Where's he? because pronouns are by the very nature of their meaning normally unemphatic.

But the weakness is much < previous page page_37 next page > < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 deeper than that. For where in the real world could one allow more than one truth? Could one afford to believe and proclaim proudly even that one can look at the motion of the earth in at least two valid ways: the sun goes round the earth, but the earth also goes round the sun? Would an engineer be happy to affirm that a suspension bridge holds up the cables just as much as the other way round, or that the smoke, the funnel, the wheels and the track can all be usefully seen, when appropriate, as the driving power of a railway engine, and that confidence in just one answer restricts insight into the technical problems involved?

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