Prof.dr. F.H.H. (Frits) Kortlandt (Emeritus)

  • Professor Emeritus
  • variety linguistic forms meanings

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2501
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL diversen
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04c
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What particularly inspires me is the large variety of linguistic forms and meanings. Deeper insight into the nature and origin of this diversity requires first of all more research into deviant patterns and meanings in exotic languages and furthermore new conceptualizations in terms of the evolutionary origin and development of the human species. The fact that it has turned out to be impossible to formulate an adequate "universal grammar" is a consequence of both interference of faulty intuitions of researchers and unreliability of naive translations from lesser known languages. Greater emphasis on the empirical side of linguistic science and more attention to the flexibility of meaningful elements are necessary prerequisites for a further development of the field.


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Last Modified: 11-12-2015