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[xmca] Deb Roy

All I saw in the video was a child learning how to pronounce the word "Water". I saw no evidence of the child mastering the concept "water". Chomsky argued many years ago in his Managua Lectures that children and adults must understand the same thing when they use the same word or else they would not be able to communicate. This of course is a simplistic notion of communication and understanding that Vygotsky did not accept. I certainly hope that Roy will investigate concept development and not just assume, as does Chomsky, that phonology is all that the child needs to acquire. He has a great data source to deal with the far more interesting and important problem.


James P. Lantolf, Greer Professor in Language Acquisition
&  Applied Linguistics http://aplng.la.psu.edu/people/faculty.shtml#jpl
Director of the Center for Language Acquisition http://language.la.psu.edu/
Co-Director CALPER (Center for Advanced Language Proficiency, Education,
Research) http://calper.la.psu.edu/
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