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More Galilean Challenges – Vivian Cook, reply by Noam Chomsky – Inference

More Galilean Challenges – Vivian Cook, reply by Noam Chomsky – Inference | TELT | Scoop.it
Letter to the editors by Vivian Cook, reply by Noam Chomsky.
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Chomsky Was Right, We Possess An Internal Grammar

Chomsky Was Right, We Possess An Internal Grammar | TELT | Scoop.it

A team of neuroscientists has found new support for MIT linguist Noam Chomsky’s decades-old theory that we possess an “internal grammar” that allows us to comprehend even nonsensical phrases.

 

 

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Poeppel: "Because we went to great lengths to design experimental conditions that control for statistical or sound cue contributions to processing, our findings show that we must use the grammar in our head,” explains Poeppel. “Our brains lock onto every word before working to comprehend phrases and sentences. The dynamics reveal that we undergo a grammar-based construction in the processing of language.”

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Via Shona Whyte, definitely one for the to-read list. I'll be interested to see whether the study shows that rules are the ONLY mechanism for parsing, or that it is one mechanism available in special conditions such as the ones the researchers created in the lab.

 

NB: in the Neuroscience News write-up, they say that we can recognise Chomsky's famous example “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” as simultaneously nonsensical but grammatically well-formed because "the statistical relations between words are non-existent". Not so: see http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000025.html


 

 

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▶ Noam Chomsky on Language Aquisition - YouTube

How is it that we learn to speak and think in language so easily? Philosophers have argued about whether or not we have innate ideas. Whether we are born kno...
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108 seconds of animated video on Chomsky's gamechanging take on language learning and teaching

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The Idea of Universality in Linguistics and Human Rights | MIT video

The Idea of Universality in Linguistics and Human Rights | MIT video | TELT | Scoop.it

"Chomsky leads us through a history of language theory, concluding with the revolutionary model he championed: a universal grammar underpinning all languages that corresponds to an innate capacity of the human brain […] But he brandishes examples of how 'our moral and intellectual culture '.forcefully rejects universal moral judgments' -- such as continued U.S. refusal to approve anti-torture conventions.

In contrast, Elizabeth Spelke forcefully links 'universals in human nature to some of the developments in bringing about a greater balance in human rights.' Thirty years of cognitive and cross cultural research show that humans universally structure their world in terms of objects, have a universal capacity to represent numbers, and to represent other people as 'intentional, goal-directed agents whose freely chosen actions are subject to moral evaluation.'"

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