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  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 07:14 PM

Angry Words: Will one researcher's discovery deep in the Amazon destroy the foundation of modern linguistics?

Tom Bartlett / The Chronicle
And what if the Pirahã don't have recursion? Rather than ferreting out flaws in Everett's work as Pesetsky did, Chomsky's preferred response is to say that it doesn't matter. In a lecture he gave last October at University College London, he referred to Everett's work without mentioning his name, talking about those who believed that "exceptions to the generalizations are considered lethal."

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