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iffr762 at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu iffr762 at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu
Fri Jan 29 19:21:39 UTC 1999

On Wed, 27 Jan 1999, H. Mark Hubey wrote:

>I hope nobody thinks that humans started speaking overnight 500,000 years ago
>with 20 vowels and 40 consonants and 20,000 roots. If anyone thinks that it is
>not worth discussing.

	I get the impression at times that Chomsky and his ilk think that.
The grammar gene leading to the "abstract organ" which presumably permits
and creates language.  Evolution is not their strong suit, for very good
bad reasons ...


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