Defending the Martian Argument

Disputatio 1 (20):1 - 9 (2006)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
The Chomskian holds that the grammars that linguists produce are about human psycholinguistic structures, i.e. our mastery of a grammar, our linguistic competence. But if we encountered Martians whose psycholinguistic processes differed from ours, but who nevertheless produced sentences that are extensionally equivalent to the set of sentences in our English and shared our judgements on the grammaticality of various English sentences, then we would count them as being competent in English. A grammar of English is about what the Martians and we share. In this note, I argue that a recent attack on the Martian Argument by Laurence fail to mitigate its force.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
BORDTM
Revision history
Archival date: 2009-10-09
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2009-10-10

Total views
513 ( #6,879 of 46,142 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
24 ( #30,334 of 46,142 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.