January 30, 2005

If this is Tuesday it must be minimalism

Since Mark is doubtless too diffident to tout his own mots, I can't resist quoting one from the talk he gave at Stanford on Friday, under the provocative title "A series of unfortunate events: the past 150 years of linguistics." One problem with modern linguistics, he said, is that our results have excessively short half-lives. It isn't so much that the results we get turn out not to be true ten years later -- they're not even expressible.

Posted by Geoff Nunberg at January 30, 2005 02:02 AM