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Theory, Kernels, Data, Methods

By John Goldsmith

Abstract

In this paper, I suggest that we should think of the work of our discipline as consisting of theory, kernels, data, and method, where by kernel I mean the large body of results that phonologists develop that are not language-independent (hence, not part of theory), but which constitute the work on which we evaluate any and all theories coming down the pike. Focusing too closely on theory—especially on the hype self-generated by the theory and its theorists—does not encourage us to see the continuity and cumulativity that in fact exists, and without which there would be no field of phonology.

Year: 2011
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