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1. Structuralist as opposed to Analogical Descriptions ONE very important goal of this booklet is to match thoroughly dif­ ferent methods to describing language. the 1st of those techniques, usually known as stnlctllralist, is the normal approach for describing habit. Its equipment are present in many different fields - from organic taxonomy to literary feedback. A structuralist description could be greatly characterised as a process of class. the basic query structuralist description makes an attempt to reply to is how a basic contextual area can be partitioned. for every context within the partition, a rule is outlined. the guideline both specifies the habit of that context or (as in a taxonomy) assigns a reputation to that context. Structuralists have implicitly assumed that descriptions of habit aren't basically be right, yet also needs to reduce the variety of principles and allow in basic terms the best attainable contextual standards. It seems that those intuitive notions can really be derived from extra basic statements in regards to the uncertainty of rule structures. generally, linguistic analyses were in response to the concept that a language is a method of principles. Saussure, after all, is celebrated as an early proponent of linguistic structuralism, as exemplified by means of his characterization of language as "a self-contained complete and precept of type" (Saussure 1966:9). but linguistic structuralism didn't originate with Saussure - nor did it finish with "American structuralism".

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27 An Analogical Approach Consider, for instance, our given context 312 and its supracontexts. We partition each supracontext into its subcontexts (as defined by the given context): SUPRACONTEXT SUBCONTEXTS 312 312312 3123i2 312312 312 3i2 312 3i2 312 312 312 312 312 312 3i2 3i2 312 313-2 -12 3-- -1--2 n2~23h3rl3h3rl3lili2 3i2 u 3i2 3i2 Now we count the number of disagreements in each of the subcontexts of a supracontext and compare the sum of these disagreements with the 28 ANALOGICAL MODELING OF LANGUAGE number of disagreements in the supracontext itself.

I I I / '" / 0 I J J 3-- (which contains 31-) I I \ e,r \ \ \ \ \ \ \'- An Analogical Approach 33 Ignoring the first type of homogeneous supracontext (the empty case), we can say that there are two basic types of homogeneous supracontexts: (i) either the supracontext is deterministic or (ii) the supracontext is unobstructed and non-deterministic. By llllobstntcted we mean either that the single subcontext that occurs is the given context or that all the subcontexts between that single subcontext and the given context (including the given context) are empty.

In a saturated deterministic field of n variables, if a particular occurrence has y variables in common with the given context, then the number of pointers in the analogical set pointing to that occurrence equals the following sum: The analogical effect for a particular occurrence is therefore an exponential function of the distance between that occurrence and the given context. We can see this in the following example where the given context is 00000000: DISTANCE SAMPLE OCCURRENCE NUMBER OF POINTERS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 00000000 00000001 00000011 00000111 00001111 00011111 00111111 01111111 11111111 6561 4374 2916 1944 1296 864 576 384 256 39 An Analogical Approach 8000 6000 NUMBER OF POINTERS 4000 2000 o L -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ o 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DISTANCE FROM GIVEN On the other hand, given a saturated idiosyncratic field (that is, every occurrence has a different outcome), only the occurrences contained in the given context are in the analogical set - and each of these occurrences has an equal probability of being selected as the analogical model.

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