Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Afferent isn't efferent, and language isn't logic, either

Derek Bickerton a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822


Hurford's argument suffers from two major weaknesses. First, his account of neural mechanisms suggests no place in the brain where the two halves of a predicate-argument structure could come together. Second, his assumption that language and cognition must be based on logic is neither necessary nor particularly plausible, and leads him to some unlikely conclusions.