The Internal and the External in Linguistic Explanation

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22):77-111 (2008)
Abstract
Chomsky and others have denied the relevance of external linguistic entities, such as E-languages, to linguistic explanation, and have questioned their coherence altogether. I discuss a new approach to understanding the nature of linguistic entities, focusing in particular on making sense of the varieties of kinds of “words” that are employed in linguistic theorizing. This treatment of linguistic entities in general is applied to constructing an understanding of external linguistic entities.
Keywords Chomsky  Linguistics  E-language  word  phonology  morphology  metaphysics  modularity
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