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Re: Cognitive Linguistics, "The Language Instinct", and High-Functioning Autistics

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 19:18

On Tue, 16 May 2006 23:12:24 +0100, And Rosta wrote:

> I have heard Chomsky himself in an interview say that he is a monoglot. This > was in the context of responding to the allegation that Transformational > Grammar has an anglocentric bias. The remainder of his response correctly > pointed out that TG has been applied to a very wide range of languages, > approximately coincident with the range of languages spoken natively by > syntacticians.
Thanks, I feel somewhat vindicated by this. This is apparently what the old canard about Chomsky not knowing foreign languages comes from. Of course, being a monoglot not necessarily means not knowing about foreign languages, it only means not mastering them. Me, I wouldn't say that I could actually speak any other language than German or English, but I have had classes in Latin, French, Spanish and Japanese, and read grammars of Welsh, Irish, Georgian and several other languages from all over the world. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>Chomsky (was:Cognitive Linguistics, "The Language Instinct", and High-Functioning Autistics