10. A Linguistic Axiom Challenged
Geoffrey Sampson [+]
Sussex University, Professor Emeritus
Geoffrey Sampson is Professor Emeritus at Sussex University and has taught linguistics at the LSE, Lancaster and Leeds Universities. His recent books include Love Songs of Early China (2006), Electronic Business (2nd edn 2008) and Writing Systems (2nd edn 2015).
Sets out the axiom as expressed and generally believed since the 1890s, describes the inadequacy of the evidence offered in its support, and marshals various arguments against accepting it.