Theory of language: a taxonomy

  title={Theory of language: a taxonomy},
  author={Patrik Austin},
  journal={SN Social Sciences},
  • Patrik Austin
  • Published 1 February 2021
  • Linguistics
  • SN Social Sciences
The study of language has been historically proposed as a model for human sciences. For the structuralists, it is because languages, like society, and cultural habits, are man-made rule-based systems. For the Darwinists, it is because cultures and societies are like living species, and can be studied with biological methodology. Sociology, biology and linguistics are considered analogous in different ways. To support work in theoretical and applied linguistics, this paper discusses the problem… 
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