Small model languages as tools for reflection

Paul Rastall


The paper presents a way of investigating verbal communication and examining assumptions about it independently of particular approaches to linguistic analysis through the development of imaginary language systems using very limited models (small model languages), identifying limitations, and finding ways to extend them. The imaginary systems are compared to real verbal phenomena to highlight communicational principles and show where questions arise. They can be pedagogical tools. A simple model is introduced as an example and ways of extending it are considered along with the questions that are raised in the process.


imaginary models, imaginary systems, assumptions, limitations, real data

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