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Matthijs Westera

I wish to congratulate you, both on this great blog and on this small triumph for the perception model, which I dare say is the most sensible, most elegant and most promising view on language I have encountered so far (not too many, I admit).


An excellent way to turn the tables on generative grammar's abstract rationalism. Your view would seem to be much in line with Pinker's cognitive analysis of the structures of word combinations in THE STUFF OF THOUGHT. Is that the case?
BLOGGER: As I recall, Pinker says that language starts with the abstract and moves to the concrete, so that would be the reverse of my view. But I'm away from my library just now and cannot take Pinker off the shelf for a peek.

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