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Re: Notation Question

From:Joseph a.k.a Buck <zhosh@...>
Date:Monday, March 28, 2005, 13:58
> In fact, I suspect Gen.PHon. came about in the 60s-70s once > scholars, inspired by Chomsky's view of lang. as "rule-governed > behavior", got acquainted with their universities' computers-- > certainly the need for careful attention to rule order, careful > rule-writing, the idea that there was an input ("underlying form") > and an output ("surface form"), etc. seem to derive I think from > computerese.
Or at least process-modelling. From listening to the audience at a panel on languages at NorWesCon, it seems that now even more people are using computerese (or allegory of it) in contemplating and discussing language usage. What's most interesting for me (an IT analyst for 30 years) is this usage by non-tech people.