Responses to comments on Syntax in the media

Thanks everyone for your comments. @Bill Benzon: “Scholars have been hammering away on the distinction between description and prescription for years, and it still hasn’t gotten through” Well, in the research world where people study language (in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics or computer science), this issue never comes up.  People in…

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Welcome #2

Welcome to the thescienceoflanguage.com blog. (Steve wrote the first welcome: Kyle and I are writing this second welcome.) Steve Piantadosi (University of Rochester, Brain & Cognitive Sciences), Kyle Mahowald (MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences), Ev Fedorenko (Mass General Hospital) and I (Ted Gibson, MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences) recently decided…

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Linguistics quo vadis? An outsider perspective

Let me start with an observation. Some forty years ago linguistics played a central role in cognitive science. For instance, the well-known report of the Sloan Foundation on Cognitive Science (1978) argued that the major fields contributing to the newly established area of cognitive science included philosophy, psychology, computer science,…

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Welcome to The Science of Language!

Welcome to “The Science of Language” blog, hosted by Steve Piantadosi, Ted Gibson, Kyle Mahowald, & Ev Fedorenko.  The point of this blog is to discuss recent results that might be of general interest to anyone studying any aspect of human language from a scientific point of view.  We welcome…

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