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1. Title Title of document References - The Linguistics Delusion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Geoffrey Sampson; Sussex University, Professor Emeritus; 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
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of linguistics
6. Description Abstract Linguistics is a subject which came to the fore only in the 1960s. It is founded on a fallacy. Linguistics claims to be ‘the scientific study of language’, but language behaviour is too open-ended and creative to be treated by the methods of science. In consequence, linguistic theories systematically distort the nature of language, and present a misleading picture of our human nature. Geoffrey Sampson shows how various traditions of linguistics, and their accounts of different aspects of language, are all infected by the delusion of scientism. And he offers positive examples of how language can be studied insightfully, once the scientistic delusion is given up.

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
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34812
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Linguistics Delusion
16. Language English=en en
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