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Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 15/09/99 13:32:13  , Nik a =E9crit :

> Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>  >         For me, it is obvious that syntax and semantics aren't=20
autonomous,=20
> and
>  > I wonder why it is a debated question.
> =20
>  Even if they're not autonomous, it can still be useful to seperate them
>  for the purposes of studying.  To use an example from anthropology, it
>  may not be possible to seperate religion from culture (especially in
>  certain cultures), but it does make it a lot easier to study if you
>  consider them seperately.

that's not debatable either.
amateurs like us only fear for isolation, not separation.
i can remember there are thousands of unrelated native
languages in america each with the various and remarkable
abilities to make topic into verb, adjective like "former"
into "noun's tense and aspect", etc.
what a coincidence.
(hehe - let's argue :-)

mathias