Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Encoding An Assumption By Reference To An Attribution

A plausible assumption is that the principles of language are fixed and innate. (Chomsky 2000: 122; New Horizons)

A plausible assumption
is
the principles of language are fixed and innate
Value/Identified
Process
Token/Identifer


the principles of language
are
fixed and innate
Carrier
Process
Attribute


Note the use of double markedness as a device for 'manufacturing consent': the clause is both 'receptive', rather than 'operative', and 'encoding', rather than 'decoding'.  Note also the textual packaging of the plausibility of the assumption as Given:


A plausible assumption
is
the principles of language
are
fixed and innate
Theme
Rheme
Given



New

Of course, this is not a plausible assumption, because Chomsky also assumes that the principles of language are components of a "genetically-determined" language faculty, and as the evolution of biological species demonstrates, genes and their expressions are not "fixed".  If they are "innate", they are not "fixed".  Platonic essentialism/idealism is not empirical science.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Impinging Mental Process Or Assigning Attributive Process?


this
saddened
God
Phenomenon
Process: mental
Senser
Agent
Process
Medium


this
made
God
feel
sad
Attributor
Process:
Carrier
relational
Attribute
Agent
Pro-
Medium
-cess
Range

Monday, 1 December 2014

Newtonian Scope Vs Einsteinian Location

the planets
trace
a sun-curved path
through space
Actor
Process
Scope
Location


the planets
trace
a path
through sun-curved space
Actor
Process
Scope
Location