Sep. 9th, 2016

Grammar

Sep. 9th, 2016 12:26 am
kortirion_among_the_trees: (Looking Out)
Not a well-written article, but confirms what I've always instinctively known: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evidence-rebuts-chomsky-s-theory-of-language-learning/  The only aspect of linguistic studies that has ever interested me (apart from bilingual language acquisition) is, unsurprisingly, old-fashioned philology, and universal grammar always seemed utter bollocks against that background.  However, I know nothing about philology really, so I do wonder whether my gut feeling was something real historicist students of language shared?  Not much light on this from the article, which comes from a very different disciplinary angle.

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