The Written Language Bias in Linguistics
1982 (English)Book (Other academic)
For some time I have been thinking of the predicament of present-day linguistics in terms of what I venture to call "the written language bias". It seems to me that a great number of our explicit or implicit theories, our methods and preferences are heavily influenced by the very long traditions of analyzing mainly, or only, certain kinds of written language. Even when we are in fact focussing on spoken language, we seem to approach it with a theoretical apparatus which is more apt for the analysisof written language. This essay represents a first attempt on my part to systematize some thoughts about this. I hope that it will stimulate discussion and lead to constructive criticism.
This bock was largely written in t he academic year 1980/81 when I was employed by the Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. When I worked at it, I profited from many ideas and suggestions of other people. Among these schalars I want to single out two, Jens Allwood and Ragnar Ronunetveit, with whom I had many inspiring discussions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 1982. , 195 p.
SIC (Linköping), ISSN 0280-5634 ; 2
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Specific Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111550ISBN: 91-7372-587-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111550DiVA: diva2:757560