Pure Languages

stet   Friday, April 18, 2003, 22:55 GMT
the belief that language is god-given is untenable

a private belief may be held, but beliefs must not enter science

linguistics is a science

any first language wold be unrecoverable even in the event of its past existence

much more the better to study innate language abilities and discover what things we have in common for us to understand what things we have apart
cmhiv   Friday, April 18, 2003, 23:06 GMT
Yes, beliefs can enter science.
stet   Saturday, April 19, 2003, 01:56 GMT
science is empirical

beliefs are baseless

baseless science is not science

empirical beliefs are not beliefs

belief and science can never meet
cmhiv   Saturday, April 19, 2003, 06:12 GMT
Perhaps you are a bit sad.
stet   Saturday, April 19, 2003, 17:12 GMT
i shall take your insult kindly

sadness is a well of emotion from which a river of genius can spring