A short Kikuyu grammar by B M Kirkaldy-Willis, W.H. Gecaga

By B M Kirkaldy-Willis, W.H. Gecaga

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G. e. tuned in such a way as to render certain intervals slightly unharmonious, but this does not contradict the claim that there is a rule requiring harmoniousness. 20 And contrariwise, if weak empiricalness is sufficient to undercut the respectability of a science, then musical acoustics has no legitimacy. None of this, of course, implies in any way that there is no place in linguistics for strongly empirical investigation. The study of language use and of the psychological and physiological mechanisms associated with it is an enterprise whose legitimacy is not in question here.

6. Grammars and Empiricalness Having pinned down the sense in which an N-description is a theory of the language for which it is written, and seen some of its consequences (at least in outline), we now ask what kind of theory an N-description is. In particular, we are interested in whether it is empirical in the same sense that, say, a theory of some physical phenomenon is empirical. Itkonen (1978) has argued that grammars are not empirical in this sense; in this section, we consider this thesis and its implications.

16) If X is an article in Z and Y is a noun, and X combines with Y to form a noun phrase, and Z is a sentence, then X directly precedes Y in Z. Statement (16) now more or less directly re-renders (7), while (14-15) taken together account for the ungrammaticality of (10): since there is no noun to the immediate right of the in this string, there is, by (16), no noun with which the article can combine to form a noun phrase; but then the structure is inconsistent with (15) and is ruled out accordingly.

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