Dupre, G (2021) Linguistics and the explanatory economy. Synthese, 199 (S1). 177 - 219. ISSN 0039-7857

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I present a novel, collaborative, methodology for linguistics: what I call the ‘explanatory economy’. According to this picture, multiple models/theories are evaluated based on the extent to which they complement one another with respect to data coverage. I show how this model can resolve a long-standing worry about the methodology of generative linguistics: that by creating too much distance between data and theory, the empirical credentials of this research program are tarnished. I provide justifications of such methodologically central distinctions as the competence/performance and core/periphery distinction, and then show how we can understand the push for simplicity in the history of generative grammar in this light.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The published version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, an be found on the publisher website at; https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-019-02290-x
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 16:05
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 16:05
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10359

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