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Theoretical linguistics and quantitative methods

Keywords: quantitative turn in linguistics, theoretical linguistics, different methods in linguistics

 

The article serves as a preface to the present collection of articles, which are based on conference papers on “Quantitative turn in linguistics – what about theory?”. It discusses why the question has arisen and how a multitude of linguistic theories may impact our understanding of methods. Some essential theoretical concepts and their backgrounds are explained. There follows a detailed description of two examples of how a concept born in the framework of a certain theory has spread, thus acquiring an important role in the choice of method. Finally, a brief overview is given of each article included in the special issue.

 

Ann Veismann (b. 1972), PhD, University of Tartu, Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, Lecturer of Estonian and General Linguistics, ann.veismann@ut.ee

Jane Klavan (b. 1983), PhD, University of Tartu, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Lecturer in English Language, jane.klavan@ut.ee

Haldur Õim (b. 1942), PhD, University of Tartu, Institute of Estonian and General ­Linguistics, Senior Research Fellow in Computer Linguistics, haldur.oim@ut.ee

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