« on: 08/12/2010 11:48:24 »
I would again emphasise reading Pinker's books on the subject. Simplifying, I think the thesis originally put forward by Chomsky, and supported and developed by a large section of neoroscientists specialising in linguistics, is that the human brain is pre-configured to accept and manipulate a type of symbolic representation of languages....
Yes I'm going to pop into the library on my way home later. I'm struggling to see how Pinker's work contradicts what I have thought about. Much appears to concentrate on the way in which one learns to communicate, and I so far I have not found a claim that this dictates the way we think. Nonetheless I will try and work it out. I have a feeling it is a semantic issue.