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Discussion

1 How realistic is it to discuss language in the abstract, structurally, systematically

— linguistically? Does language ever exist in a stable form that can be reduced

to unchanging structures? If not, what value do linguistic analyses and descriptions

have for the study of translation?

2 "Overgeneralization" is a term that linguists use to describe the mental processes

involved in learning one's first language as a child; it is not generally applied to

the work linguists do in their attempts to reduce the complexity of natural

language to the simplicity of formal systems. Some linguists, in fact, might be

offended to hear their work described as involving overgeneralization. Just how

"insulting" is the insistence that linguists too overgeneralize? What is at stake

in this terminological debate?