The psychological status of phonological analyses

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  • David Eddington Mississippi State University, U.S.A.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.36.1.17-37

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The psychological status of phonological analyses

Abstract

This paper casts doubt on the psychological relevance of many phonological analyses. There are four reasons for this: 1) theoretical adequacy does not necessarily imply psychological significance; 2) most approaches are nonempirical in that they are not subject to potential spatiotemporal falsification; 3) phonological analyses are estab­ lished with little or no recourse to the speakers of the language via experimental psy­ chology; 4) the limited base of evidence which most analyses are founded on is further cause for skepticism.

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Published

01.12.1996

How to Cite

Eddington, D. (1996). The psychological status of phonological analyses. Linguistica, 36(1), 17–37. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.36.1.17-37

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