Framework-Free Grammatical Theory

Martin Haspelmath

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Framework-Free Grammatical Theory

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This chapter argues that framework-free grammatical description/analysis and explanation is superior to framework-bound analysis because all languages have different categories, and languages should be described in their own terms. Frameworks represent aprioristic assumptions that are likely to lead to a distorted description of language. The chapter argues against restrictive theoretical frameworks of the generative type, against frameworks of functional approaches such as Functional Grammar and Role and Reference Grammar, and against Basic Linguistic Theory.

Keywords: linguistic analysis; languages; frameworks; Functional Grammar; Reference Grammar; Basic Linguistic Theory

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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