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By Lyle Jenkins

This publication investigates the character of human language and its significance for the examine of the brain. It asks what language is from a organic viewpoint and what the relative contribution of nature and nurture is whilst a toddler learns his or her language. eventually it asks how human language advanced and considers the similarities and variations among human language and animal conversation structures. Uniquely, it argues that genetic or organic endowment performs a extra primary position within the aquisition of language than guideline, studying, or cultural determinants.

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As for Lenneberg, we have already noted that he was one of the first biologists to present linguistic evidence alongside other kinds biological evidence (discussed in an appendix to Lenneberg, 1967 by Chomsky, called “The formal nature of language”) . In any case, what biolinguistics does do (as spelled out in the citation above from Chomsky) is drop all restrictions on evidence, whether to “grammaticality” or to “psychologically real” evidence, “converging evidence,” “DNA evidence,” or to any other kind of evidence: An empirical observation does not come with a notice “I am for X,” written on its sleeve, where X is chemistry, linguistics, or whatever.

Part of the explanation might be the implicit assumption that the generative grammarian is not doing experiments, whereas the developmental psychologist is. 9 Now compare Pinker’s discussion of this: 9 These example sentences and Chomsky’s account of them (one case of “the argument from poverty of the stimulus”) are discussed in more detail in chapter 3. 30 Biolinguistics Chomsky’s claim was tested in an experiment with three-, four-, and five-yearolds at a daycare center by the psycholinguists Stephen Crain and Mineharu Nakayama.

In the case of the EPR paradox, of course, you can do a thought experiment because EPR have told us what “objective reality” is. As the physicist Wolfgang Pauli might have said of the thesis on “mental reality,” “it is not even wrong” (Zee, 1986:35). In this connection, it is interesting to note Pauli’s opinions on Einstein’s proposal about “objective reality” (see further discussion below): As O. Stern said recently, one should no more rack one’s brain about the problem of whether something one cannot know anything about exists all the same, than about the ancient question of how many angels are able to sit on the point of a needle.

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