Complexity as a Paradigm for Social Sciences and Linguistics: Theoretical Basis and Perspectives

Gemma Bel-Enguix, Ángels Massip-Bonet, Gerardo Sierra

Abstract

This article discusses the relevance and significance of the use of complexity as a scientific paradigm in social and human sciences, focusing on linguistics. For this, a review of the concept of paradigm is made, and its evolution in the last decades. In this framework, the controversy between quantitative and qualitative methods and their validity in the twentieth century is discussed. In this dichotomy, we claim that the theory of complexity is prepared to assume the use of the so-called Mixed Methods Research (MMR). The paper develops the impact of Complex Systems (CS) and Complex Adaptive systems (CAS) in science, as well as the epistemological and methodological implications this entails. Moreover, natural language is defined as a CAS. In general, the article defends the adoption of this paradigm in linguistics, both in synchronous and diachronic research, providing some examples of these new lines of study. In spite of the still emerging nature of some formulations, we envision a deep theoretical breakthrough in linguistics thanks to this interdisciplinary perspective.

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Bel-Enguix G., Massip-Bonet Á. and Sierra G. (2020). Complexity as a Paradigm for Social Sciences and Linguistics: Theoretical Basis and Perspectives.In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Complexity, Future Information Systems and Risk - Volume 1: COMPLEXIS, ISBN 978-989-758-427-5, pages 136-142. DOI: 10.5220/0009579901360142


in Bibtex Style

@conference{complexis20,
author={Gemma Bel-Enguix and Ángels Massip-Bonet and Gerardo Sierra},
title={Complexity as a Paradigm for Social Sciences and Linguistics: Theoretical Basis and Perspectives},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Complexity, Future Information Systems and Risk - Volume 1: COMPLEXIS,},
year={2020},
pages={136-142},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009579901360142},
isbn={978-989-758-427-5},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Complexity, Future Information Systems and Risk - Volume 1: COMPLEXIS,
TI - Complexity as a Paradigm for Social Sciences and Linguistics: Theoretical Basis and Perspectives
SN - 978-989-758-427-5
AU - Bel-Enguix G.
AU - Massip-Bonet Á.
AU - Sierra G.
PY - 2020
SP - 136
EP - 142
DO - 10.5220/0009579901360142