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In this sense, Pinker’s thought transcends Chomsky’s yet depends on it. With Pinker we have moved from the Chomskyan hypothesis of the existence of a Universal Grammar template that aids children in their attempts to learn their natural languages, to an entire species-wide mentalese that allows us, and in weaker dialects all animals, to learn and behave intelligently.
The Lousy Linguist: syncing vs. synching
In 1928, Hilbert enumerated four prominent open problems in the theory of the foundation of mathematics. Within two years, Kurt Godel had resolved all of them. This essay has contrasted two hypotheses, M and S, about the relation between thought and language. The problem of which one can be falsified in a definitive way is an open problem in linguistics and cognitive science. I believe that Loglan is the instrumental medium that could contribute to the design of experiments that, like the Michelson-Morley experiments in theoretical physics, would test both M and S-W and determine if mentalese exists. If S could play a role in such an experiment, I would be delighted.
I thoroughly enjoyed Claudia Brugman's review of Steven Pinker's book,and my mouth dropped open at Michael Newman's recent comment that he doesn't*see anything which could remotely be considered linguist bashing*! Considerthe so-called Whorf chapter where Pinker takes on his (supposedly)greatest enemy, Benjamin Whorf. Of course since, as we shall see, sincePinker doesn't really consider Whorf a linguist, he might argue thatthis isn't linguist bashing at all.
The Sapir-Whorf-Korzybski Hypothesis ..
Let me describe my point of view on cognition and linguistics theory, my view of the current scene in theoretical linguistics (including the “mentalese hypothesis” and, by contrast, an alternative hypothesis), and my reasoning and conclusions after reading Steven Pinker’s (Harper-Perennial, 1995; W. Morrow and Co., 1994).
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The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (the 'Korzybski' annexation came later) claims that the structure of a language defines the way a person behaves and thinks, must surely have it wrong according to many cognitive scientists, including Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, and others. Although the basic hypothesis of linguistic determinism surely has flaws, one should not overly criticize the first people who began thinking about this interesting subject. After all the subject refers to a hypothesis, not a theory, and certainly not fact (yet).