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While it is possible to combine universalism with a puresystematic approach, it is reasonable to say that relativism and a pure-systematic approach are much more obviously coherent with one another than are universalism and a pure-systematic approach. Once linguistics is removed from the dominion of other areas of enquiry, the raison d'etre of the proposed universale themselves is removed (and if the universals are retained, they acquire an instrumentalist nature). The association between relativism and puresystematicity in axiomatic functionalism is thus one which has coherent underpinnings.
E. that only one counterexample is needed). Thus, Japanese is a consistent nucleus-last language (Michael Lamb, personal communication), and Turkish virtually so. Standard Arabic is a moderately good example of a nucleus-first language (with, I believe, some counter-examples), while English has mainly cases of nucleus-first structures, but also a fair number of nucleus-last structures. It should be stressed that this analysis can only be carried out because axiomatic functionalism contains (i) the notion of grammatical nucleus, defined in a certain way, and (ii) a commitment in the theory to description of the phonetic data, these data being considered as ultimately realisational of grammatical phenomena.
This perception is perhaps profoundly influenced by the persuasive power which has been exerted by both the psychological and sociological approaches over the last few decades. e. the way in which we customarily use language to talk about language, and by extension the way in which we use language to talk about other semiotic systems, and other conventional systems in general. " (for a discussion of musical notation as a semiotic system, cf. "). What is it we claim to know when we say we know French, or musical notation, or chess?