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A Science Of Human Language - Part #6 : Quistic Grammar


Part #1 of this series outlines the need for an inclusive theory of language based in science.  Part #2 
The Evocative Power Of Language

Most philosophical studies of how language functions have focused on semantics - how language conveys meaning.  In ordinary speech, language is not confined to the transmission of information.  It can be used to evoke strong emotions.
A Science Of Human Language - Part #5


This article is a continuation and expansion of the theory of mental models, introduced in part #4.
A Science Of Human Language - Part #4


In Part #1
of this series, I suggested that a grammar heavily based in syntax was not sufficiently scientific as a general theory of how language functions.

Part #2  was an overview of how linguistic error-handling processes can add to the reliability and predictability of communication using human language.
The Bookworm And The Encyclopedias - The Solution



Last Monday I posed a simple math puzzle:


A set of 10 encyclopedias is sitting on a bookshelf in left-to-right numerical order.


Each single volume contains 1,000 pages.    


A bookworm eats its way directly and linearly through them in a straight line.


It starts on page 1 of volume 1.


It ends on page 1,000  of volume 10.


Question:    Not counting any covers, flysheets, etc., how many pages does the bookworm eat ?
A Science Of Human Language - Part #3

In Part #1
of this series, I suggested that a grammar heavily based in syntax was not sufficiently scientific as a general theory of how language functions.

Part #2 was an overview of how linguistic error-handling processes can add to the reliability and predictability of communication using human language.