Re: Ending a sentence with a preposition (and split infinitives)

Subject: Re: Ending a sentence with a preposition (and split infinitives)
From: Brad Connatser <cwrites -at- USIT -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1996 19:11:07 GMT

In article <960924134856_1411809806 -at- emout12 -dot- mail -dot- aol -dot- com>,
SteveJong -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

> Brad Connatser <cwrites -at- USIT -dot- NET> wrote:

> >> English is a mongrel language... The formalized rules of English
> composition
> >> evolved from Latin- and French-based prescriptive grammars (specifically,
> >> from the Chancery in England from about 1300 to 1500), while the innate
> >> grammar hardwired into our English brains evolved from Anglo-Saxon.

> I think you're venturing into marshy ground here, Brad. I believe the growth
> of
> language over the last few thousand years is not part of the evolution of the
> human
> species because it's just too fast. Besides, if our brains are "hardwired"
> for one language, does that mean that we can't learn other languages equally
> well?
> If one is of mixed ancestry, what languages are hardwired? No, I think that
> way lies trouble...

> Didn't Minsky theorize that all human languages shared the same fundamental
> grammar?
> That explains why we in fact *can* learn other languages.

> -- Steve

You're absolutely right. I was mistaken to use the term "hardwired." I
should have said "instilled." And when I say "evolved," I am talking not
about biological evolution but cultural evolution ("a language" being a
cultural artifact and "language in general" being the thing that is
hardwired). Thanks for the correction.

Brad

--
Brad Connatser
Concurrent Communications
cwrites -at- usit -dot- net


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