An Argument for Systems Grammar

John W. Oller, Jr

Abstract


What elements of sign systems constitute the necessary and sufficient “proper” domain(s) for theories of grammar? What categories, entities, and relations must grammars include within their scope in order to account for language—its existence in human communities, its comprehensibility and acquisition by children, and its ordinary meaningful uses by the various communities of the world? The point of this paper is that a dynamic systems grammar—the sort that takes valid account of particular persons, bodily entities, events, and the dynamic relations between them is required.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ijl.v3i1.624

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