This 67th collection of students’ pearls of wisdom, laboriously digitised from hand-
Structuralist linguistics analyses sentences in structures, linguistically speaking.
Structuralist linguistics is structuralist because it studies language in depth, even the simplest things/
Structuralist linguistics means that we can segment everything, dividing it into constituents.
Linguistics is structuralist because of the different structural forms it acquires. It gives names and classifies all its abstract forms, while segmenting reality. Languages are a continuous reality formed by discrete segmental units which, being discrete, are not continuous.
Linguistics is structuralist because it gives structure to everything. Things either are or are not, and we either hear or do not hear a sound.
A language is a structure well defined by its structure, which is independent of the speakers, so that the language always keeps its structure.
Linguistic structuralism means that if the speakers did not follow the structures of the languages they speak, we could risk loss of meaning in certain contexts.
Structuralism gives meanings by opposition, instead of rules with hundreds of exceptions like traditional grammars.
Structuralism means that linguistics is a structure to study language. Analysing language by means of structures is much easier.
Linguistic structuralists realised that reality associates itself with structured linguistic signs through association.
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