On the need for experimental syntax

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The use of expert intuition as a source of evidence in theoretical syntax has long been criticized. Here I review some of the main points of the debate. Using examples from research done by me and collaborates, I argue that an experimental approach is essential when studying subtle structural contrasts, in particular when doing comparative studies. The same applies to linguistic illusions where people are misled and interpret meaningless nonsense as meaningful. However, without expert intuition, experimental syntax would not get off the ground; it is based on expert intuition and syntactic analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Sound Approach to Language Matters : In Honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn
EditorsAnne Mette Nyvad, Michaela Hejná, Anders Højen, Anna Bothe Jespersen, Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen
Number of pages11
PublisherAU Library Scholarly Publishing Services
Publication yearMay 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9788775074402
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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