Atomism and holism in linguistics
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Laszlo Kalman (2007) claims that linguistics has been characterized by atomism for several thousands of years and suggests adopting a holistic approach instead. (The term holism first appeared in 1926 in 'Holism and Evolution' by Jan Christian Smuts.) Kalman makes an attempt to demonstrate the benefits of holism by giving examples involving the Romanian past participle, as well as argument structure and unifixes (connective vowels) in Hungarian. In the author opinion, Kalman's suggested patterns can help too little in the description of participles, arguments and unifixes. In linguistics, atomism and holism, induction and deduction are inseparable. Nevertheless, everything is possible in theory-dependent metalinguistics.
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