Picture of person typing on laptop with programming code visible on the laptop screen

World class computing and information science research at Strathclyde...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the Department of Computer & Information Sciences involved in mathematically structured programming, similarity and metric search, computer security, software systems, combinatronics and digital health.

The Department also includes the iSchool Research Group, which performs leading research into socio-technical phenomena and topics such as information retrieval and information seeking behaviour.

Explore

Linguistics: Approaches

Fabb, Nigel (2006) Linguistics: Approaches. In: Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier, pp. 240-245. ISBN 0-08-044299-4

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

Functionalist and formalist approaches agree that linguistic form exists, but disagree on its autonomy. Rationalist and empiricist approaches place different weights on linguistic data as opposed to theory. Approaches can tend more towards holism or more towards modularity. Form can be organized – particularly in generative linguistics – by rules, constraints on rules, and constraints on outputs; the balance of these has varied among approachestolinguistics. Approaches can disagree over which subfield of linguistics best explains a certain type of linguistic fact.