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By Terence Moore

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When the linguist finds that all additional material yields nothing not contained in his analysis he may consider his corpus adequate. (Harris, 1951:13) The descriptivists insisted, on a theoretical level at least, that the corpus be representative since only on that basis could one 'predict the relations among elements in any other corpus of the language on the basis of the relations found in our analysed corpus' (Harris, 1951:13). In practice, however, the descritivists were not able to ensure that the corpus they had collected was an adequate descriptive sample.

Harris, 1951 :31) In a typical case Harris cites, the analyst would observe- if the language under analysis were English and he were unfamiliar with English- that there are variations, sometimes only slight, in the pronunciation of the first sound segment of a word such as can't. sound k as [k] and [kh]. The analyst then compares these variants with the initial segment of a similar utterance with apparently similar variants, say cameras, by substituting the [k] or the [kh] segment of the first utterance for the initial segment of the second.

11 Having laid out this generai creative ability, however, he immediately assigns a second much more confined and highly questionable ability to native speakers: that of being able to distinguish the grammatical from the non-grammatical utterances of their language without relying on meaning. 12 The reason for this shift of interest from creativity to the concept 'grammatical in a language' is to be found in the exceedingly limited nature of his technical work. His original model was restricted to the characterisation of syntactic form and was thus far too narrowly-defined to throw any light on the creative use of language in its full sense.

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