I wanted to present a list that outlines some of the main differences in thought about language between Emergentist and Universalist perspectives. This is important I think because it shows how only certain kinds of programmers and mathematicians can work successfully within a Cognitive framework.
Consider these characteristics of an Emergentist (Cognitive) view:
- Singular Mind (General Cognitive Abilities)
- Distributed Cognition
- The Complex System IS the primitive
- Online and Dynamic Processing
- Usage Based View of Language
- The Appropriate Level of Granularity is the Form-Meaning Pair (i.e., constructions)
Now, compare that list with this Universalist (usually Generative) view on the same issues:
- Modular Mind
- Localization in Neuroscience
- Atomistic, Reduce!
- Feature based categories & Atomistic Set Theory
- Stable Structures and “Switches” that enable cognition
- Competence Based View of Language
- Language is the de facto expected product of the mind
- Reductionism refines phenomena out of existence
Can some middle perspective be taken that combines both extremes? What are your thoughts?