Language in Relation to a Unified Theory of the Structure of Human Behavior

Language in Relation to a Unified Theory of the Structure of Human Behavior

Language in Relation to a Unified Theory of the Structure of Human Behavior

Language in Relation to a Unified Theory of the Structure of Human Behavior

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The theoretical phases of the conceptual framework which we set out to provide some years ago for showing the relationship between the structure of verbal and nonverbal behavior is finished, in preliminary form, with Part III of this work. Pedagogical material for teaching tagmemic methodology, not included here, is being prepared by Pickett, Elson, and Longacre.

The total work arose from a struggle to describe empirical data, especially the Mixtec and Mazatec languages of Mexico. Attention to hierarchical structure stems from an article on Taxemes and Immediate Constituents (1943), a theoretical article written after unsuccessful attempts to find in the current literature a satisfactory basis for Mixtec grammatical analysis. Emphasis upon position (slot function) as over against construction reflects a positive attempt to describe some of the resistent problems of Mixtec grammatical analysis (1944). In the last article I first struggled with the extensive disconformities which occur there in reference to borders and units of the phonological versus grammatical hierarchies. The attempt to find . . .

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