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balancing theory and practice; FAQ?

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Saturday, February 26, 2000, 21:13
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.
> Of course, it would never occur to me to demand that anyone write a > general tutorial for me. I am only speaking from a theoretical point of > view here.
No, I didn't understand you to be demanding that anyone write you a personal phonology tutorial. We used to have a FAQ around here where lots of these more general interest topics were discussed--Jack Durst used to host it, IIRC. Is it still around? (Is Jack?)
> Sorry about the off-topic post.
Not at all! If the Conlang FAQ is now defunct, I think it would be worthwhile to try to start a new one. There seems to be a bit of interest in at least a phonology FAQ, and I would be happy to contribute a short essay or two ... Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga