OT: language origin and creationism

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Apr 1 13:18:52 UTC 2010

>Date:    Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:27:35 -0500
>From:    "Salikoko S. Mufwene" <s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU>
>Subject: Re: OT: language origin and creationism
>Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>  There are plenty of liberal-arts Ph.D's who still haven't figured it out.
>>  They claim that "science" is just a hot new form of "religion" and both
>  > are merely synonyms for "authoritarian power." They're wrong, but you don't
>>  have to take my word for it.
>SSM: Sadly, the practice of science /cum/ scholarly research among some
>of us is not that different from religion. Research paradigms often
>instantiate this, research on the origins and evolution of language are
>no exception. And, gosh, some personalities pervert it. Maybe I am just
>in a bad disputatious mood today?

It is always good to have someone taking another position. I've
appreciated your contrarian takes on this problem. It gives me more
to think about, so that whatever I do, it will be better considered.

---Amy West

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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