how does language happen?

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 07:09:39 GMT

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    On Thursday, October 31, 2002, at 05:00 , wrote:

    > Language categorizes the objects and processes of the world according to
    > common descriptions. These descriptions are type-descriptions, and
    > each is
    > apploed to many tokens of that type. You can ask Wittgenstein, Chomsky,
    > Fodor, Benveniste, Lakoff, and any number of differing (on other issues)
    > linguists and language philosophers; this is one they agree upon.

    These are descriptions, yes, but are they what language is actually

    > It is a different behavior to look at or speak of a different tree, so
    > they cannot
    > collectively be called trees any more

    It _is_ a different behavior- each behavior across time _is_ a different behavior- no-one or nothing can do in the next moment what they did a moment ago. That moment, as well as the conditions of that moment, are passed. And of course all trees can all be called trees. They _are_ all trees. (But, call them anything you like, the tree remains.) Just as all behaviors _are_ all behaviors.

    I ask again, what do _names_ have to do with something? At all? Period? The name of something _is_ a type/token object, yes, but it is not the thing itself.

    I fail to see what the categories of names has to do with the actual process of the way language is physically happening in the brain.

    "The name of the song is 'Haddock's Eyes', but the song actually is
    'Sitting on a Gate'."

    - Wade

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