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11. Complexity in Language and in Law


 
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1. Title Title of document 11. Complexity in Language and in Law - The Linguistics Delusion
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Geoffrey Sampson; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) discipline of linguistics; academic study of linguistics; linguistics as a science; history of linguistics; Karl Popper; refuatbility; linguistic research; complexity differences in languages; language complexity
 
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of linguistics
 
6. Description Abstract Now that the invariant-complexity idea has been given up, many linguists have become happy to try to measure complexity differences among languages. But some have taken a different tack, arguing that it is meaningless to assert either that languages are or that they are not equal in complexity, because their complexity is incommensurable. There are no units in terms of which they can be compared. This idea is much more persuasive than the earlier equal-complexity axiom. But it is mistaken nevertheless. I use a parallel with the history of legal systems in order to show that, although language complexity cannot be counted in units comparable to the units familiar from the physical sciences, it nevertheless makes good sense to suggest that some languages, as cultural creations, may be more complex than other languages.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 14-Sep-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/32142
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32142
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Linguistics Delusion
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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