At 01:15 PM 12/02/01 -0800, samantha wrote:
>> Good point about humans possibly learning to talk in sentences before
>> learning to talk in words...
>I doubt this. Most babies I've seen begin by pointing at particular
>things and saying a word. Then phrases.
Perhaps you missed the post of mine that Eliezer was responding to. The
argument, fairly well established in linguistics and child development
studies, is that single words uttered by infants are often holophrastic -
they encode an entire sentence or action, they are not simple indexical or
ostensive in the sense of `naming' the thing pointed at.
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