Chapter published in:Substance-based Grammar – The (Ongoing) Work of John Anderson
Edited by Roger Böhm and Harry van der Hulst
[Studies in Language Companion Series 204] 2018
► pp. 365–383
On grounding, internalism, modularity and grammaticalization in phonology
The chapter begins with Chomsky’s conception of linguistic knowledge as ‘knowledge without grounds’, and then discusses two different approaches to the grounding of linguistic knowledge: that of Noel Burton-Roberts and that of John Anderson. I adopt Tomasello’s view that the child is not formulating hypotheses, as claimed by Fodor and others, but is undergoing a process of socialisation in acquiring linguistic conventions. I accommodate the Andersonian notion of grammaticalisation with a conception of grammaticalisation as conventionalization. I argue in favour of the idea of grounded phonological knowledge as a form of emergent modularity (as suggested in the work of Karmiloff-Smith), as distinct from innate modularity.
Published online: 12 December 2018
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