thought this was interesting:
new post @ hyperstition links to Steven Pinker's Language Acquisition (apparently, the upcoming Hyperstition Linguistics Challenge has an extreme learning curve). note to self: shoot person who first said "reading is fundamental".
relavant Pinker quote:
...it is virtually impossible to show how children could learn a language unless you assume they have a considerable amount of nonlinguistic cognitive machinery in place before they start.
AQ 645 = LIGHT ECHO FROM STAR V838 MONOCEROTIS
AQ 645 = NONLINGUISTIC COGNITIVE MACHINERY