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someloser
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3/17/2016 5:08:30 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
On which subjects and topics do you disagree with the mainstream/consensus scientific opinion? Why?
Diqiucun_Cunmin
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3/17/2016 6:11:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2016 5:08:30 AM, someloser wrote:
On which subjects and topics do you disagree with the mainstream/consensus scientific opinion? Why?

-Syntactic theory. I think the prevalent Chomskyan models make use of theoretical machinery that is too complicated - and supported by too little evidence - to be true. Chomskyan models work well for English and a few other languages, but for other languages, they tend to create over-complicated models to explain simple phenomena. I prefer lexical-functional grammar. Its architecture is more complex (does not assume the binary branching condition, has an additional functional layer) but can account for even obscure languages elegantly.
-Semantic theory. I'm leaning towards Jackendoff's theory of semantics, rather than the more popular forms of Montague grammar.
-The language faculty. I think Pinker and Jackendoff's theory is more plausible than Chomsky's (though perhaps Chomsky's view isn't the mainstream in this case.)
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3/17/2016 11:49:10 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Probably with the theory of evolution as I opt for biblical creationism
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