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Re: balancing theory and practice; FAQ?

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 9:22
> On Sat, 26 Feb 2000, Fredrik Ekman wrote: > > > Dirk wrote: > > > > > I agree with And; phonology is best acquired by doing and practicing, > > > rather than by trying to assimilate large chunks of expository > > > writing. > > > > While not a linguist, I am something of a pedagogist, and I do not quite > > agree here. While practice and experience is important in all learning (or > > should be) it is also best balanced by a healthy dose of theory. > > Assimilation and accomodation are both important for the learning process. > > Perhaps I should clarify. My take on the matter is that > phonology is best learned with clear examples on hand of the > phenomenon under discussion. I assume that this discussion will > include relevant theory. However, theory in absence of specific > data is not much help. I think this is true for any branch of > linguistics. > > I assumed that And meant something similar. Of course, he may > have meant something entirely different.
I meant the same as you. To have discussions on conlang data, though, we need conlangs whose phonologies are comprehensively documented in at least some interesting respects. E.g. Tepa, Tokana, Amman-iar, Boreanesian. I will soon have available a Word file giving a completely comprehensive description of Livagian phonology, superseding the 1997 version that some people have. --And.