Darwin-L Message Log 4:73 (December 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<4:73>From CRAVENS@macc.wisc.edu  Fri Dec 17 18:56:19 1993

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 93 18:57 CDT
From: Tom Cravens <CRAVENS@macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: Re: ecology
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

Good point, Maggie; I agree. The system / society ecologies are sub-
components of the larger overall ecology of a language community in socio-
historical context. Changes affecting the system can certainly coriginate
from without the system, and these can be very important in subsequent
systematic development. -- A sort of methodological aside is that in my
experience, the difficult bit is in determining just which mutations are
most plausibly external in origin. (This may be peculiar to Romance
Linguistics, where, until recently, priority seems to have been given
to external causation ["influence"], as opposed to intra-systemic

Tom Cravens

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