October 25, 2014

12:41 PM | John Lawler on Generative Grammar
From a Facebook conversation with Dan Everett (about slide rules, aka slipsticks, no less) and others: The constant revision and consequent redefining and renaming of concepts – some imaginary and some very obvious – has led to a multi-dimensional spectrum of heresy in generative grammar, so complex that one practically needs chromatography to distinguish variants. […]

October 23, 2014

The next event in the ways to (proto)language conference series has been announced and is being held in Rome! Call for Papers below: 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2015 Roma Tre University SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 FEBRUARY 2015 WEBSITE: CONTACT: INVITED SPEAKERS: Michael C. Corballis (University of Auckland) Dan Dediu (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) Francesco D’Errico (University […]

October 22, 2014

3:28 PM | Why I Abandoned Chomskian Linguistics, with Links to 2 FB Discussions with Dan Everett
It wasn’t a matter of deep and well-thought princple. It was simpler than that. Chomsky’s approach to linguistics didn’t have the tools I was looking for. Let me explain. * * * * * Dan Everett’s kicked off two discussions on Facebook about Chomksy. This one takes Christina Behme’s recent review article, A ‘Galilean’ science […]

October 21, 2014

3:13 PM | The Theory of Cultural Ranks at 3QD
Posted at 3 Quarks Daily: Evolving to the Future, the Web of Culture Europeans had been trading with Asian peoples since ancient times. But things began to change in the 15th Century when the Spanish and Portuguese sent ships across the oceans, followed by Northern Europeans in the 17th Century. By the late 19th Century […]
9:59 AM | Workshop on Causality in the Language Sciences
The MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig is hosting a workshop on Causality in the Language Sciences on April 13 – 15, 2015. There is a call for talks and posters here (deadline January 10th, 2015). Invited speakers include Balthasar Bickel, Claire Bowern, Morten Christiansen, Dan Dediu, Michael Dunn, T. Florian Jaeger, Gerhard Jaeger, […]

October 10, 2014

7:02 AM | Language as a multimodal phenomenon
The issue of multimodality has become a widely discussed topic in several branches of linguistics and especially in research on the evolution of language. Now, a special issue of the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B” has been dedicated to “Language as a multimodal phenomenon”. The issue, edited by Gabriella Vigliocco, Pamela Perniss, and […]
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