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Question: Popular science (linguistics). About "parameters"/"switches" in grammar (Chomsky-type stuff). cover: orange with jigsaw puzzle design? Late 90s early 00s? Some content: Claimed "Ewe" had very similar grammar to English. Went on about case marking in Mohaw

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Asked by eoghan on Sat 13, May 2017 11:33pm :
Popular science (linguistics).

About "parameters"/"switches" in grammar (Chomsky-type stuff).

Cover: orange with jigsaw puzzle design?

Late 90s early 00s?

Some content:

Claimed "Ewe" had very similar grammar to English.

Went on about case marking in Mohawk determining whether "the knife cut the
bread" or vice-versa.

Went on about how in "polysynthetic" languages, things with the function of
adjectives are either treated as nouns or verbs, depending on the
language.

Thesis was basically that the "specialized language machine" in the brain
has a series of "switches", so kids learning a language can just "flip the
switches" as they learn the rules, rather than the more complicated task
of... learning the rules?
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