RE: [xmca] Silly Offshoots and Dropped Subjects

From: Tony Whitson <twhitson who-is-at>
Date: Sun Jan 13 2008 - 14:41:03 PST

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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 2:20 PM
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Subject: Re: [xmca] Silly Offshoots and Dropped Subjects
*** David wrote:
  I agree with Mike (and disagree with Pinker) that the cultural-historical
link between words represented by etymology never entirely goes away; it is
always there, even when the words are stored as purely psychological
entities in Steven Pinker's "mental lexicon" and it is a part (but only a
SMALL part) of the "technical means" by which word meanings are used to
carry out speech acts.

David, I read your post quickly at the time, but this one point has come
back to mind frequently since then.

Do you have a particular source in Pinker where I can find his taking this
position? I'd be interested in seeing how he uses it, and how he supports

Thanks in advance.

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