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 [email protected]


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.