Mentalism in linguistics

@article{Katz1964MentalismIL,
  title={Mentalism in linguistics},
  author={Jerrold J. Katz},
  journal={Language},
  year={1964},
  volume={40},
  pages={124}
}
  • J. Katz
  • Published 1964
  • Psychology
  • Language
Linguists who conceive of their science as a discipline which collects utterances and classifies their parts often pride themselves on their freedom from mentalism. But freedom from mentalism is an inherent feature of the taxonomic conception of linguistics, for, according to this conception, a linguist starts his investigation with observable physical events and at no stage imports anything else. 
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