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LUIT : Language, a Unified and Integrative Theory

Abstract : This is the state-of-the-art abridged version of my book 'LUIT : Language - a Unified and Integrative Theory', which I am currently preparing. The principles explicited here emerge from a thorough analysis of cross-linguistic data. Language is a biological phenomenon anchored in pragmatic context, which nevertheless allows to attain the symbolic level. Language is by no means a self-contained system, quite the opposite : it reflects the nature of its speakers, determined both by pre-linguistic factors and by language itself. Grammar is therefore not its own solution. There are correlations between the differents realms in which the dynamics of language operates : ontogeny, phylogeny, epigeny, creologeny, diachrony, synchrony, borrowing. The syntax-semantics interface is interesting, but is contained within the systematized part of language : there are other factiors, which are those that determine structure and override it. Linguistics must investigate also the non-systematic, non-structural, non-grammatical aspects of language. Permanent communication > (anatomization, physiologization, géenetization) > Language faculty > Discourse > Grammar. Pragmatics and context are present all the time to varying extents. Language does not translmit pre-existing information: to some extent, it creates it.
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Pablo Kirtchuk. LUIT : Language, a Unified and Integrative Theory. 2008. ⟨hal-00545240v6⟩

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