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Induction, evolution and accountability

Harnad, Stevan, (1976) Induction, evolution and accountability Harnad, S, Steklis, H.D. and Lancaster, J.B. (eds.) In Origins and Evolution of Language andSpeech. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences., 58 - 60.

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HARNAD: Let me just ask a question which everyone else who has been faithfully attending these sessions is surely burning to ask: If some rules you have described constitute universal constraints on all languages, yet they are not learned, nor are they somehow logically necessary a priori, how did language get that way? ---- CHOMSKY: Well, it seems to me that would be like asking the question how does the heart get that way? I mean we don't learn to have a heart, we don't learn to have arms rather than wings. What is interesting to me is that the question should be asked. It seems to be a natural question, everyone asks it. And we should ask, why people ask it.

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Published date: 1976
Additional Information: in: Harnad, S., Steklis, H. D. & Lancaster, J. B. (eds.) (1976) Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 280. Address: New York NY
Venue - Dates: Origins and Evolution of Language andSpeech, 1976-01-01
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 25 May 2000
Last modified: 17 Aug 2017 16:35

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Editor: S Harnad
Editor: H.D. Steklis
Editor: J.B. Lancaster

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