American Descriptive Linguistics

Its main representatives are Leonard Bloomfield (the head), Charles Fries, Zelic Harris, Charles Hockett, etc. They rejected the traditional techniques of linguistic analysis. They studied the non-alphabetical incorporative languages of Indian tribes which differ considerably from Indo-European languages. These linguists offered new procedures of description (arrangement, position, co-occurrence of linguistic elements) without resorting to meaning. Hence this school is called, at times, Behaviorist Structural Grammar (L. Bloomfield). According to behaviorists, language is just a form of behavior. Linguistics should focus on linguistic performance, it should study the behavior, distribution, arrangement, co-occurrence, structural characteristics of elements disregarding their meaning.


  1. American classical music
  2. American Customs and Traditions
  3. American Holidays
  4. American Mass Media
  5. An American Renaissance.
  6. Body Language in American Politics
  7. By Descriptive or Interpreting Translation
  8. Descriptive Translating of Idiomatic and Set Expressions
  9. Give your predictions of the future of such sports as boxing, wrestling, rugby, ice hockey, weightlifting and American football in the next 10 or 20 years.
  11. Linguistic status of American English.

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