Jackendoff states further in his book Consciousness and the Computational Mind what is understood under primary distinction within the frames of categorisation:.
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The primary distinction that must appear in conceptual structure in order to be able to encode categorization is between the individual things tokens being categorized and the categories types to which the tokens do or do not belong. The later definition is in the light of the classical theory about categorisation, which would be considered in more details in the following chapter.
The idea of categorisation of entities in the real world has been in the centre of the interest of many scientists and philosophers since antique times. Doubtlessly, the viewpoints on the world have altered throughout the centuries and many of the theories defined in the antique times are nowadays considered to be restricted to some extent.
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Such an example is the existence of two viewpoints in the cognitive linguistics, which are referred to respectively as objectivism and experiential realism by Lakoff in the preface of his book Women, Fire, and Dangerous things He elaborates on the limitation of the traditional view by stating the following:. Psychologie - Lernpsychologie, Intelligenzforschung. English Language and Literature Studies - Other.
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Classical theory objectivism 4. Introduction Language, in general, has always been an intricate matter for research. Linguistic categorisation Cognitive linguistics is, above all, concerned with the phenomenon of categorisation and the ways in which humans categorise the entities in the real world. Ray Jackendoff discusses the essence of categorization for the cognitive linguistics: Jackendoff states further in his book Consciousness and the Computational Mind what is understood under primary distinction within the frames of categorisation: Classical theory objectivism The idea of categorisation of entities in the real world has been in the centre of the interest of many scientists and philosophers since antique times.
He elaborates on the limitation of the traditional view by stating the following: Current Agendas in Institutional Theory. Problems of prototype theory. Reduktion des Intrinsic Cognitive Load. The differences and similarities between Classical and Operant Cond Metaphor or the war on words — a critical analysis of the theory of Idioms and fixed expressions - Implications of cognitive linguistic Despite myriad theological and scientific counterarguments, creationists lay siege to our contemporary, secular society by trying to superimpose a biblical world view upon society.
Even more so, they are equally engaged in discrediting secular science, for it does not corroborate.
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However strong an opposition scientific knowledge might be, creationists have successfully erected a paradigm within society that supports their literalist assumptions by means of supposed scientific research. This paradigm is known as creation science. Creation science is the notion that biblical incidents—such as the six-day creation— can be verified by scientific inquiry. Creation science argues, for example, that fossils are the result of the Great Flood, rather than the effect of millions of years of natural forces acting upon our planet.
The support for scientific creationism should not be underestimated. Scientific knowledge and education in general are decreasing at the moment, while religious conservatism and biblical literalism are on its brink of public presence. One of the leading religious organizations in the United States that radically pro- motes the idea of scientific creationism is Answers in Genesis AiG. AiG spent mil- lions of dollars to erect a center for scientific creationism in Petersburg, Kentucky see Fig.: In creation science, everything is subject to the premise of scientific inquiry, and the Bible is promoted as the only book one needs to know to know it all.
And so, Christian fundamentalists, creation scientists, and the interested layperson are given a justification for strengthening their faith in God and the Bible by means of scientific support. But if creation science were true, if God were infallible in revealing the truth about our planet, it would stand the test of critical inquiry. For creationists, the only reliable source of knowledge that is not influenced by secular science is the Bible—the inerrant word of the artificer of the universe. As a conse- quence, creationists are actively fighting the theory of evolution as the most important process accounting for life on earth.
For the true account can only be found in the holy scripture of Christian faith. In sum, not evolution, but God did it. Similarly, creation- ists reject the idea of natural processes that can be held accountable for the diversity of languages. That is, not only science, but also linguistic theory is directly challenged by creationism. And while biological evidence in favor of the theory of evolution is overwhelming, little is mentioned about linguistic theory in public discourse. But as it is an integral part of the mindset supported by biblical literalists, let us take a look at linguistic theory and the creation of languages.
Everybody is well aware of the many languages of the world. And many people have studied at least one second language in their lifetime. But how did all of these different languages arise in the first place?
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Linguistic theory argues that all languages have evolved gradually, by slow, sequential processes. Paleolinguists do the best they can to trace back human languages to common sources to chart the lineages of their development. We shall look into the evolution of languages and supporting evidence presently. But first let us consider how creationists should regard the picture of the origin of languages.
The answer can be given right away: If we look a the story told in Genesis, we will find that the differences between the languages of the world are due to divine intervention.
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Genesis tells the story as follows:. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: Although liberal and progressive Christians regard Genesis as a collection of ancient stories and myths, as literature put together by ancient peoples, a literal reading of the text is held by many believers in the United States.
The creation museum in Kentucky depicts the abandoning of Babel with a huge, vivid graphic illustration Fig. Over the time, these languages changed into the thousands of different languages we have today. The rejection of linguistic theory about the origin of languages and the explanation for language variety is an important part of the ethos of Christian creationism and therefore of importance.
Not only because it is yet another creation myth taken as. But because of its close analogy to the biological case of the origin of species.
To understand evolution means to understand linguistic theory. Although linguistic creationism is scarcely mentioned in public debates, the creation museum in Kentucky clearly demonstrates that rejecting linguistic theory is part of the creationist mindset. Despite the fact that linguistic theory does not find its way into the public on a regular basis, at least some creationists explicitly reject linguistic theory in public dis- course, and therefore undermine basic linguistic knowledge.
One of the most eminent creationists in this respect is Henry Morris. Although Morris died in , he still has a significant impact on Christian fundamentalism. Not only was he a renowned creationist par excellence in general, but also known for his resolute rejection of the assumption that languages are the product of evolution. To understand the processes of language change and variety, so his argument goes, one has to understand the Bible, and take into account the supernatural powers of the God of the Old Testament.