“every time, we engage conceptually with our experience, we are engaging in an act of modelling (or framing)”
Oh here’s a smackdown on thinking of language as only dictionaries and grammar building blocks. SLAM! I’m liking this blog.
the author gives Stephen Pinker a few slaps around! Love this. I respect the hell out of Pinker but in the places where he’s wrong, he’s very wrong.
“Language is signs on doors of public restrooms, dirty jokes on TV, mothers speaking to children, politicians making speeches, friends making small talk in the street, newscasters reading the headlines, books sold in bookshops, gestures, teaching ways of communication in the classroom, phone texts, theatre plays, songs, blogs, shopping lists, marketing slogans, etc.”
ooh and a sideswipe at Chomsky! YES! I love academic smackdowns : they seem all polite and nice but they’re skull crushing blows.