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Problems of Methodology and Philosophy in Linguistics


Ireneusz Bobrowski

The book is not only dedicated to linguists, but also to readers who are not familiar with notations developed in linguistics. The first part of the study presents philosophical justifications for linguistic settlements. These are based on the phenomenological reduction of Edmund Husserl, Karl R. Popper’s falsificationism, the moderate rationalism of science of Izydora Dąmbska and Andrzej Bogusławski’s lack of the nomological explanation in linguistics. The second part presents a re-examination of the solutions proposed in the field of linguistics, some new philosophical explanations and a discussion of the truth of linguistic propositions.
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Is Generativism a Manifestation of Falsificationism or Constructivism?


In the previous chapters of this part of the book we reflected on problems related to various ways of defining the subject of research in contemporary linguistic currents. We have been looking for philosophical justification of the choices made within the frames of particular currents. In the two subsequent chapters we shall reconsider the interpretations of two competing linguistic paradigms (i.e. generativism and cognitive linguistics) which were presented in the first part of the book.

Looking at today’s generativism, one may have the impression that my earlier-presented view that generativism is a manifestation of falsificationism (i.e. a more general paradigm of science in the frames of which one starts from hypotheses in the form of general sentences, next one looks for specific sentences which contradict these hypotheses and then – after finding them – one formulates new hypotheses free from the errors of the previous ones) demands far-reaching clarifications and a number of comments.

In this chapter I will not attempt to drastically change my view on this matter. However, due to certain facts that occurred within generativism I feel compelled to take another look at my previous argument and introduce certain adjustments. What is more, contemporary generativism is by no means uniform. It would seem that not all groups of linguists who are referred to as generativists follow the rules of the falsificationist paradigm in science.

It is important to add that placing linguistic trends within more general paradigms is only a measure...

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