Linguistic Act

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A Linguistic Act is a generation act of a linguistic task (to produce linguistic expressions).



  • (Wikipedia, 2015) ⇒ Retrieved:2015-5-31.
    • The term linguistic performance was used by Noam Chomsky in 1960 to describe “the actual use of language in concrete situations”. [1] It is used to describe both the production, sometimes called parole [2], as well as the comprehension of language.[2] Performance is defined in opposition to “competence”; the latter describes the mental knowledge that a speaker or listener has of language. Part of the motivation for the distinction between performance and competence comes from speech errors: despite having a perfect understanding of the correct forms, a speaker of a language may unintentionally produce incorrect forms. This is because performance occurs in real situations, and so is subject to many non-linguistic influences. For example, distractions or memory limitations can affect lexical retrieval (Chomsky 1965:3), and give rise to errors in both production and perception [[3] ) or distractions. Such non-linguistic factors are completely independent of the actual knowledge of language, Noam Chomsky.(2006).Language and Mind Third Edition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-85819-4 </ref> and establish that speakers' knowledge of language (their competence) is distinct form their actual use of language (their performance).
  1. Matthews, P. H. “performance." Oxford Reference. 30 Oct. 2014.
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