Along with the question about the evolution of blank slates (see last post) Dr. Bolhuis sent me a paper just published in Trends in Cognitive Science. The paper, which Bolhuis teased would annoy me, is titled, “Structures, not Strings: Linguistics as Part of the Cognitive Sciences” and has a number of distinguished co-authors, including Noam himself. Bolhuis is the corresponding author. I told him I would never have been able to maintain my blog for so long if I did not have a taste for being annoyed.
Truth is, however, I was more puzzled than annoyed. The paper seems a concise summary of positions held for many years. Why write such old news?