Against Taking Linguistic Diversity at "Face Value"
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Evans & Levinson (E&L)advocate taking linguistic diversity at "face value". Their argument consists of a list of diverse phenomena, and the assertion that no non-vacuous theory could possibly uncover a meaningful unity underlying them. I argue, with evidence from Tlingit and Warlpiri, that E&L's list itself should not be taken at face value — and that the actual research record already demonstrates unity amidst diversity.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Cambridge University Press
David Pesetsky (2009). Against taking linguistic diversity at “face value”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32 , pp 464-465 doi:10.1017/S0140525X09990562