Friday, January 10, 2014
More on recursion
Jeff Watumall, Marc Hauser, Ian Roberts and yours truly, Norbert (WHRH) have a paper out in Frontiers of Psychology (here) that discusses the uses and abuses of the notion of recursion as deployed in current cog sci "debates" about recursion in grammar. Yes, those are scare quotes. WHRH argues that there can be no real debate because critics of the generative program (you all know who the prominent ones are, right?) use 'recursion' in, ahem, a non-standard way. There are several confusions dissected and, hopefully (I know a vain hope), put to rest. It really is a waste of time endlessly discussing these terminological issues. But Augean stables do need cleaning from time to time, so here is a recent effort.