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April 08, 2005



"when theory runs so far ahead of testability": well, when that happens, you're not really talking about science any more.


This is basically the fault that people find with Chomsky and his disciples in linguistics. They disdain empirical data, at least to the extent that they can't be bothered to study and master any evidence from any actually occurring language. Reading their stuff is an exercise in learning jargon and keeping up with the in-crowd.

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