By Catharina Williams-van Klinken, John Hajek, Rachel Nordlinger

ISBN-10: 3895864293

ISBN-13: 9783895864292

Publication is written for English audio system studying the grammar and different language utilization ideas of Tetun Dili, one of many forms of Tetun, the nationwide language of East Timor.

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5 Cf. E. Sapir, Totality (= Language Monographs, No. 6, Linguistic Society of America. Baltimore, 1930), p. 3. 6 J. Bentham, Theory of Fictions, ed. and introduced by C. K. Ogden (London, 1932), pp. 73, 15. , pp. 38, 15, 12. Poetry of Grammar and Grammar of Poetry 39 assumptions attached to them? How far can scientific thought overcome the pressure of grammatical patterns? Whatever the solution of these still controversial questions is, certainly there is one domain of verbal activities where "the classificatory rules of the game"8 acquire their highest significance; in fiction, in verbal art, linguistic fictions are fully realized.

The physicist Niels Bohr understood perspicaciously this natural realism of the linguist's position. Having mentioned Niels Bohr, I would like to recall his methodological dictum essential both for physics and linguistics, namely that, when an observation is made, it is imperative to determine exactly the relation between the observer and the observed thing. A description that does not comply with this requirement is imprecise from the point of view of today's physics, as it is from that of today's linguistics.

The speaker proceeds de verbo ad vocem, whereas the hearer proceeds in the opposite direction, as Saint Augustine had already stressed in his deliberations on the theory of language. Sign and System of Language 33 Many things will become clearer in linguistic descriptions and in the theory of language when a clear demarcation is undertaken and the proper attention paid to the different modes of observation of the encoder and decoder. The modes of observation, however, are not exhausted by those two kinds.

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