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Volume 25, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

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Abstract

This article discusses the intuitionist approach to the study of syntax: the study of the internal structure of phrases/sentences with the help of data obtained by introspection. Some critics claim that this approach is inadequate (if not obsolete) on the assumption that introspection data are not empirical data and are therefore inherently inferior to corpus data based on ‘real language’. Fortunately, not all linguists who promote the use of corpora are of this opinion: Odijk (2020), for instance, stresses that data from corpora and data collected in artificial experimental settings (including introspection) should all be considered empirical data: all relevant evidence should be taken into account, and no form or source of evidence has a privileged status. Although I agree with this statement in principle, this article will argue that there are reasons for assuming that introspection research is a better method for collecting synchronic syntactic data than corpus research.

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Keyword(s): competence; corpus linguistics; introspection; performance; syntax
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