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What does extreme mean in this context
At one extreme, phonology is concerned with anatomy and physiology. At another extreme, phonology shades into socio-linguistics.

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What does extreme mean in this context
At one extreme, phonology is concerned with anatomy and physiology. At another extreme, phonology shades into socio-linguistics.

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Originally, extreme means very large in amount or degree.
For example: extreme pain/stupidity/wealth.

But I think its mean in this context is "at one end". Because when I use Arabic Dictionary it gives me "at one end". While English Dictionary gives me very large.

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Thanks but I don't understand the meaning.
 

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But I think its meaning in this context is "at one end". yes, at the very far far far end, at the farthest end

And because there are only two extremes, we say 'at one exreme' and 'at the other extreme'.

At one extreme an adult human can be less than 3 feet tall, and at the other extreme more than seven feet tall.

At one extreme a business ventuure can consist of a single child with an annual income of less than one hundred dollars, and at the other extreme it can be a multinational company with hundreds of thousands of employees and annual sales of hundreds of billions of dollars.
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What does extreme mean in this context
At one extreme, phonology is concerned with anatomy and physiology. At another extreme, phonology shades into socio-linguistics.

Thanks a lot.
Since no one's mentioned spectra/spectrums yet, I'll add my 2c.
- Where does language exist? There is a spectrum of ideas. At one extreme, Chomsky believes that there is a biological innate learning device in the brain. At the other extreme, Vygotsky and other sociocultural theorists place language firmly in the domain of social interaction.

- There are many colours in the visible light spectrum. At one extreme there is red, at the other, violet. Beyond those extremes of visible light, lie the infra-red and ultraviolet wavelengths, respectively.
 
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