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And as the difference between a) and b) does not exist in Hjelmslev's way of thinking because to him the facts of language consist in functions only, it is understandable that he should use the word 'empirical' also for b) : the observation of the functions in language. But as for c), I agree with Fischer-J0rgensen and Martinet that the name 'empirical' is curious. Of course Hjelmslev means to say that the three requirements mentioned there can only be satisfied by an empirical method of observation of the facts of language.

XEV,)<; = empty: these units "contain" no meaning 3). That this part of glossematics, which studies the same units as phonology does, is nevertheless given another name, ') See for a detailed treatment pp. 144 ff. 312. "The realization of a phoneme is a speechsound, the realization of a seme (= a relevant unit of content, BS) is its application to reality (interpretation). The realization of a phoneme is influenced by the phonetic context, the realization of a seme by the semantic context". Cf.

Hjelmslev et H. J. Uldall: Etudes de Linguistique Structurale, Bulletin du Cerc1e Linguistique de Copen hague II 1935, p. £f. 18 INTRODUCTION' non that two entirely different "content-substances" such as a black and a brown cow are in one language united in one contentfonn 'cow' whereas in another language, which has no word for 'cow' but only for either 'black cow' or 'brown cow', they are 'fonned' in two different forms. Also the content-fonns are only defined by their relations. Thus we see that both cenemes and pleremes are exclusively defined by their relations, that is what Hjelmslev calls their functions: " ...

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