And the big question, of how human languages have become what they all are, goes unanswered still.
Grammaticalization is not exactly a Darwinian process. It is not an account of the evolution of language from non-language.
Examining wordless human languages may provide more useful answers than studying chimp pan hoots or monkey pyows.
Consider the original meanings of the word “liberty.”
Or so some say. The flies themselves have never had anything to say.
What if it is the human mind that is unlimited, and language is a tool of that unlimited mind? We can program a computer with grammar and lexicon, but will that give it mind?
If I took my computer apart “in the right way,” I would have about 20 kg of scrap metal. But … what is missing from this picture?
Why does this remind some of us of human languages?
Hadn’t heard that one. And anyway, …
The basic idea, true in general, is that some words don’t change much because they are in constant use and thus can’t get lost.
Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? The debate continues with a new publication. But the new study by Han-Gue Jo and colleagues of Freiburg makes a strong case that the “RP” is not really a ‘thing’ at all. They say that, in the two seconds before a button press, you see both negative and positive Read More…
But it is not clear why such a system would develop into a language.
Basically, engineering metaphors make life sound designed. Mustn’t be allowed. Oversight is recommended.
The goal of this paper is to define pragmatic information with a view toward measuring it.
This morning, CH has by implication raised the issue that has been hotly debated recently: getting a cosmos out of “nothing.” I thought it would be helpful to headline my comment: ______________ >> . . . “Something from nothing” is always problematic. Now, I know I know, here is Ethan Siegel of Science Blogs in Read More…