Darwin-L Message Log 1:197 (September 1993)

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<1:197>From huh@u.washington.edu  Thu Sep 23 17:20:54 1993

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1993 15:10:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Rushing <huh@u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: interconnections
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

On Thu, 23 Sep 1993, Margaret E. Winters wrote:

> author, Henning Andersen, explores the nature of abductive
> reasoning, roughly the same as analogical thought.  I've
> been thinking about the problem from the point of view
> of language change as well, and believe that the key lies
> here.
>  Mark, I hope this gets you somewhere.

thanks very much for the Direction, margaret -- it sounds like a very
interesting path to follow for a while.  i'm very curious about what you
mean by language change.  does it involve degrees of Abstraction, perhaps?
by this i mean, and forgive me for being unfamiliar with linguistic
terminology, as Knowledge grows within a society (and perhaps this is a
very Western viewpoint), specific details are lumped into Categories (or
new words which encompass 'greater' meaning) and people Evolve their
language to a new 'level' of abstraction?  this is particularly
fascinating to me, as a wordsmith.  it seem to allow a a good deal of room
for Error, by losing the initial sub-elements of a Classification which
created the Classification (or word) to begin with.

           mark rushing
          post office box 85267
        seattle, washington  98145-1267


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