Tuesday, June 1, 2010

So maybe there is no universal grammar...?

Here's an interesting article I got from Marian at the Analog forum, talking about linguistic diversity and possible explanations for patterns of human language, including the weakness of so-called language universals. As a person who always maintained a degree of skepticism for Chomsky's theories, I find these ideas compelling:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627621.000-language-lessons-you-are-what-you-speak.html?full=true