Towards a Unified Derivation of Some Linguistic Laws
In any scientific discipline the research usually begins in the form of membra disiecta because there is no theory which would systematize the knowledge and from which hypotheses could be derived. The researchers themselves have different interests and observe at first narrow sectors of reality. Later on, one connects step by step disparate domains (cf., for example, the unified representation of all kinds of motion of the macro world by Newton’s theory) and the old theories usually become special cases of the new one. One speaks about epistemic integration (Bunge 1983: 42):
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