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Hi,

Im attempting to answer this question for syntax: what is meant by the scientific study of language. can someone tell me in general what key points i should include in my answer. For example should i write about the binding of anaphors?

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I don't see where the mention of something so specific as anaphora would answer "What is meant by the scientific study of language?" I would concentrate on more general points, such as the prescriptive vs. descriptive accounts of language, then showing how the scientific approach is the descriptive one.

CJ
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Hi,

Thankyou for your reply. I was told i must use syntactic arguments in my answer. If i talk about descritptive grammar what syntactic arguments can i use.

thankyou
what syntactic arguments can i use.

Just about anything really. I assume this is for a course and that you have a textbook of some kind. Your textbook should be full of examples to choose from. I don't think we can answer more specifically on this forum. You need to discuss it with your teacher, or at least choose the points the teacher has stressed in class. That would be my advice.

I certainly hope you're going to capitalize I if you use it in your answer!

CJ
Before I answer the question I think it appropriate to recite that the word scientific has its origin in the word science which is concerned with the profound study of objects in nature by breaking them in to small components so that we could come to know about their reality. same is the case with the languge which is a very broad term. It is necessary to think of the fundamental components which constitue the language. So it is necessry to break the sentence in to words and then words into letters. As this is done step by step Therefore we assume the study of language is systematic.
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CalifJimI would concentrate on more general points, such as the prescriptive vs. descriptive accounts of language, then showing how the scientific approach is the descriptive one.
...although "descriptive" is surely a misnomer. Much study under the rubric of science goes beyond description into explanation.

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Doesn't the scientific study of language imply that you study the phenomenon of language (having first decided what it is), describe what you find and then see if any principles can be induced?
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phonetic is the scientific ( systematic) study of any language
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