Comic 10 - A Ban on Evolutionary Linguistics

11th Jul 2014, 11:11 AM
A Ban on Evolutionary Linguistics
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remivt 11th Jul 2014, 11:11 AM edit delete
Every scientific field has its own mythology. The one of evolutionary linguistics is that the Société de Linguistique de Paris banned the topic of language evolution due to lack of evidence and an abundance of speculation instead of the use of rigorous scientific methods. But if you read the Society's notes, there is actually no reason given why the Society banned the topic. Given the socio-political context of the time (with various competing scientific societies), it seems that the ban was made for strategic rather than scientific reasons.

PS: Sorry for being away for so long! I devoted my time into the launch of an online tutorial on the open-source language technologies that we use for conducting agent-based models of language evolution.



T.D. Gripp 12th Jul 2014, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
In my Sunday school class. This bunch does not think the Bible is in King James English, but can't understand why some one would use a different word for somethings 800 years apart ......