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The factual situation is obscure enough to leave room for much difference of opinion over the true nature of this innate mental structure that makes acquisition of language possible. In other words, we can ask the question, What initial structure must be attributed to the mind that enables it to construct such a grammar from the data of sense? Some of the empirical conditions that must be met by any such assumption about innate structure are moderately clear. It seems to me, then, that the study of language should occupy a central place in general psychology. Source: Language and Mind publ. You may have arrived at this page because you followed a link to one of our old platforms that cannot be redirected.Cambridge Core is the new academic platform from Cambridge University Press, replacing our previous platforms; Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), University Publishing Online (UPO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), and Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) which no longer exist.All content from these platforms is now available on Cambridge Core. I do not want to read too much into a terminological innovation, but I think that there is some significance in the ease and willingness with which modern thinking about man and society accepts the designation behavioural science. It is perfectly safe to attribute this development to natural selection, so long as we realise that there is no substance to this assertion, that it amounts to nothing more than a belief that there is some naturalistic explanation for these phenomena. Peirce maintained that the search for principles of abduction leads us to the study of innate ideas, which provide the instinctive structure of human intelligence. There is, as far as I can see, no reasonable notion of plausibility, no a priori insight into what innate structures are permissible, that can guide the search for a sufficiently elementary assumption.


Any formulation of a principle of universal grammar makes a strong empirical claim, which can be falsified by finding counter-instances in some human language, along the lines of the discussion in Lecture 2. It is fair to ask to what extent the enthusiasm for this curious view of mans nature is attributable to fact and logic and to what extent it merely reflects the limited extent to which the general cultural level has advanced since the days when Clive and the Portuguese explorers taught the meaning of true savagery to the inferior races that stood in their way. It is first necessary to determine the significant characteristics of this behavioural repertoire, the principles on which it is organised. To take an example from Descartes (Reply to Objections, V):. The first of these conclusions is correct, in his sense of experimental test, namely a test in which we take an infant at birth, isolate it from all the influences of our language-bound culture, and attempt to inculcate it with one of the bad artificial languages. If this is correct, then one cannot expect structuralist phonology, in itself, to provide a useful model for investigation of other cultural and social systems. But so far, at least, nothing has been discovered that is even roughly comparable to language in these domains. According to Goodman, Locke made . The theory of universal grammar, then, provides a schema to which any particular grammar must conform. But there is no reason why we should be dismayed by the impossibility of carrying out such a test as this.


In fact, there is much dispute at the moment about the general properties of the underlying phrase structure system for natural languages; the dispute is not in the least resolved by the existence of proper names. What faces the language learner, under these assumptions, is not the impossible task of inventing a highly abstract and intricately structured theory on the basis of degenerate data, but rather the much more manageable task of determining whether these data belong to one or another of a fairly restricted set of potential languages. It is not correct to speak of a deficiency of the animal system, in terms of range of potential signals; rather the opposite, since the animal system admits in principle of continuous variation along the linguistic dimension (insofar as it makes sense to speak of continuity in such a case), whereas human language is discrete. Speculating about the future development of the subject, it seems to me not unlikely, for the reasons I have mentioned, that learning theory will progress by establishing the innately determined set of possible hypotheses, determining the conditions of interaction that lead the mind to put forth hypotheses from this set, and fixing the conditions under which such a hypothesis is confirmed and, perhaps, under which much of the data is rejected as irrelevant for one reason or another. If, on the other hand, there are general learning strategies that account for the acquisition of grammatical knowledge, then postulation of an innate universal grammar will not postpone the problem of learning, but will rather offer an incorrect solution to this problem. And, he asked, How was it that man was ever led to entertain that true theory? You cannot say that it happened by chance, because the chances are too overwhelmingly against the single true theory in the twenty or thirty thousand years during which man has been a thinking animal, ever having come into any mans head. Such a study would begin with the attempt to characterise the implicit theory that underlies actual performance and would then turn to the question of how this theory develops under the given conditions of time and access to data, that is, in what way the resulting system of beliefs is determined by the interplay of available data, heuristic procedures, and the innate schematism that restricts and conditions the form of the acquired system. One of the six lectures is reproduced here; Transcribed: in 1998 by Andy Blunden, proofed and corrected February 2005.


Speculating about the future, I think it is not unlikely that the dogmatic character of the general empiricist framework and its inadequacy to human and animal intelligence will gradually become more evident as specific realisations, such as taxonomic linguistics, behaviourist learning theory, and the perception models, heuristic methods, and general problem solvers of the early enthusiasts of artificial intelligence, are successively rejected on empirical grounds when they are made precise and on grounds of vacuity when they are left vague. They are not rules that abbreviate sentences; rather, they are operations that form surface structures from underlying deep structures, in such ways as are illustrated in the preceding lecture and the references there cited. No one, to my knowledge, has devoted more thought to this problem than Lvi-Strauss. For reasons that I have already mentioned, I believe that these proposals can be properly regarded as a further development of classical rationalist doctrine, as an elaboration of some of its main ideas regarding language and mind. The theory of learning has limited itself to a narrow and surely inadequate concept of what is learned namely a system of stimulus-response connections, a network of associations, a repertoire of behavioural items, a habit hierarchy, or a system of dispositions to respond in a particular way under specifiable stimulus conditions. Thus, mathematical linguistics seems for the moment to be in a uniquely favourable position, among mathematical approaches in the social and psychological sciences, to develop not simply as a theory of data, but as the study of highly abstract principles and structures that determine the character of human mental processes. Thus, it appears to be a species-specific capacity that is essentially independent of intelligence, and we can make a fairly good estimate of the amount of data that is necessary for the task to be successfully accomplished. No one took up Peirces challenge to develop a theory of abduction, to determine those principles that limit the admissible hypotheses or present them in a certain order. If these proposals are correct or near correct, then similarities among languages at the level of sound structure are indeed remarkable and cannot be accounted for simply by assumptions about memory capacity, as Putnam suggests. Suppose, furthermore, that we can make this schema sufficiently restrictive so that very few possible grammars conforming to the schema will be consistent with the meagre and degenerate data actually available to the language learner. 6c2930289c

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