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Plausible vs. fehlerhafte Schlüsse in der kognitiv-linguistischen Theoriebildung

Author(s): Kertész, András | Rákosi, Csilla

Journal: Argumentum
ISSN 1787-3606

Volume: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: argumentation theory | plausible inferences | cognitive linguistics | metaphor | generative linguistics

The paper focuses on the relation between the analytic philosophy of science and modular and holistic ap-proaches to cognitive semantics, respectively. The authors show that Chomsky's, Bierwisch and Lang's, and Lakoff and Johnson's approaches make substantial use of non-demonstrative inferences which the standard view of the analytic philosophy of science evaluates as fallacies. By outlining a metatheoretical framework centering around plausible inferences, the authors argue that this fact is not as devastating as it might seem, because the inferences the theories mentioned make use of are plausible rather than fallacious. This finding illuminates basic aspects of theory formation in linguistics.

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