S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 28 Number 1/4 (1992)
The Law of Conservation and Linguistic Explanation
- Park, Nahm-Sheik
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.28 No.2, pp. 267-334
- The main thesis of th is paper is that the law of conservation operates in human language in that linguistic elements tend to have their inherent quality conserved over a fairly long stretch of time. For example, deleted linguistic elements tend to leave behind their traces, which are generally proportionate to their original quality. Although our thesis is validated with examples from English only, we assume that the law of conservation is a universal linguistic tendency.