Monday, March 09, 2015

Eclectic Linguistics

No single linguistic theory is robust enough on its own to adequately account for every aspect of language. It is too diverse and complex to make this a realistic expectation. Each different linguistic framework was developed to tackle different problems, typically ones left unaddressed by other existing frameworks. Viewed in this way, Dik’s FG, Lambrecht’s cognitive-functional approach, and RT are in fact complementary, based on the unity of their presuppositions. In light of this complexity, a complete theoretical framework will also of necessity be somewhat eclectic.—Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, page 204

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