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    Independent

    "Even if, as a thought experiment, we assume a kind of nineteenth-century scientific realism - in which, even though some scientists' interpretations of natural phenomena themselves can be supposed to exist wholly independent of either observation or interpretation - no such realist supposition can be made about "language behaviour," because this beahviour is both human and fundamentally normative."

    Why is it "independent" instead of "independently"?

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    Re: Independent

    It's adjectival: natural phenomena are wholly independent of.... (compare, to exist wholly and independently of / to exist wholly, independently of)

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    Re: Independent

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    It's adjectival: natural phenomena are wholly independent of.... (compare, to exist wholly and independently of / to exist wholly, independently of)
    I don't really get it. Isn't the author telling us how scientists' interpretations exist? The answer would be independantly.

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    Re: Independent

    I think the person is using the verb in a copular style.

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