Rules vs. lists

Rob Freeman lists at
Tue Jul 1 00:21:48 UTC 2008

Any number at all?

How do you justify that David?

How are you generalizing your examples to abstract a rule?


On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 8:48 PM, David Tuggy <david_tuggy at> wrote:
> Any number that language users come up with, in either case. More-general
> and less-general rules, and whether or not there is one, or a set of, global
> generalizations to be made.
> --David Tuggy
> Rob Freeman wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I was glad to find the recent rule vs. list discussion. I like to see
>> fundamental issues debated.
>> In line with my own particular interests I hope I can shine a new
>> perspective.
>> Can anyone tell me, if the utterances of natural language are thought
>> of primarily as a list, how many ways might the elements of that list
>> be generalized to abstract one or other rule?
>> That is to say, how many rules might a list of elements define in
>> principle? Also how many partial rules, if the requirement of global
>> generalizability is dropped?
>> -Rob Freeman

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