Where is your ‘Word’ now?

"Despite this success, American advocates of the natural paradigm managed to fend off European structuralism by making its own modifications of the model. In 1946, Zellig Harris introduced transformational generative grammar which excluded semantics and placed the direct object into the verb phrase, following Wundt's psychological concept, as advocated in American linguistics by Leonard Bloomfield. Harris's student Noam Chomsky argued for the cognitive essence“Where is your ‘Word’ now?” yazısının devamını oku


“We are born crying, but those cries herald the first stirrings of language. German babies’ cries mirror the melody of German speech; French babies mirror French speech—apparently acquired in utero (Mampe et al. 2009). Within the first year or so after birth, infants master the sound system of their language; then, after another few years“Utero” yazısının devamını oku

Infinitesimal Change

“What of Darwin? Never wavering from his strong principles of infinitesimal evolutionary change and continuity, in his The Descent of Man (1871) Darwin himself advanced a “Caruso” theory for the evolution of language: males who could sing better were sexually selected by females, and this, in turn, led to perfection of the vocal apparatus, like“Infinitesimal Change” yazısının devamını oku