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Re: [xmca] Deb Roy

For me, reading over  various XMCA comments and thinking about discussions
at LCHC, it seems that, sticking entirely to issues around language
acquisition and development, it seems like there is pretty broad consensus
that Roy's theorizing of what he was observing way underperformed the
potential of the data. But I think the glimpse of the possible was/is very

Overall, the video reinforces my growing sense of the way in which human
codification of the world is very dangerous. Ineluctible, it seems, but

Was this concern also on LSV's mind? Jim Wertsch is fond of writing of his
ambivalent modernism.


On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM, James P. Lantolf <jpl7@psu.edu> wrote:

> Just a clarification: The point I wanted to make was that focusing only on
> phonology is telling just a small part of the story of language acquisition.
> I agree that there could not have been a concept present in the child's mind
> at the start of the process, but for researchers from the Chomsky
> perspective the child does have the concept water, even if it is pronounced
> ga-ga (Managua Lectures) because it is innately specified and therefore
> learning the phonology (and of course syntax) is all the child needs to
> learn.
> jim
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