n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The paradigm of Weideman : appreciating the uniqueness of language and scholarly disciplines

Volume 46, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This contribution commences with a substantiation of the claim made by Weideman regarding the inevitable "philosophical base" of linguistics by showing that the question what a special science is, is not itself specific scientific in nature. Moreover, , as the distinctive feature of scientific thinking, also confirms the philosophical foundation of the various academic disciplines. The philosophical paradigm of Weideman enables an appreciation of the of aspects and the them. Ultimately the argument proceeds from a non-reductionist ontology. While appreciating what was discovered by one-sided (reductionist) approaches in the history of linguistics, one at once also has to recognize undeniable states of affairs. By expanding this perspective, in order to include the intertwinement of modal aspects and (natural and social) entities and processes, the functional and structural conditions for the uniqueness of language and regarding the exceptional human ability to speak, are highlighted.

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