Damien Broderick wrote:
> 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.
So they progress from a simple mapping of a word to an action
to a complex multi-word description. Has anyone looked at the
in-between stages? Sounds like a strategy where you first
make a simple connection and then add exception clauses.
(This is actually how people tend to express logic, they say
"if A then C unless B" whereas formal logic would have them
say "if A and not B then C".) Are the holophrastic words
arbitrary? If not it seems they'd be very restricted.
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