I am sympathetic to Sampson’s claim that the various theoretical approaches he discusses are inadequate for explaining how language is used in everyday life. This is why one can find linguists in a variety of disciplines – in university linguistics, English, psychology, computer science, communication disorders, and anthropology departments as well as in industry, working for editing firms, advertising firms, small start-ups, and large companies like Google – with a variety of research interests and methodological expertise. Scientific research in linguistics can run the gamut from descriptive analyses to assessing statistical probabilities of studied phenomena, to treatments for language disorders.
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