woensdag 7 november 2007

Historical linguistics and process philosophy

My paper on Whitehead and historical linguistics, which I had referred to before, is now on-line. I had to cut more than a third - though a lot of that was fluff, and I think the end result is more focused (if denser).

Reading it again on the way home from work today, I was pretty happy with it. Though I think my attempt to have my Platonic pie and emergentistically eat it was a bit cheeky :-). I only referred briefly to some of the possible consequences that a Whiteheadish view on historical linguistics might have on the assignments of genetic markers of identity. I'll probably have a presentation at my department at the end of the month where I might elaborate a bit more.

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