An equation for Plato’s problem

Some linguists are envious of physics. We love showing off to other practitioners of the so-called humanities how we can make our field an empirical natural science that uses the hypothetico-deductive method. But, at the same time, we know that things in linguistics (as usually happens in cognitive sciences) are very different from how they … Continue reading An equation for Plato’s problem

What does it mean to understand Differential Object Marking? A Reply to Haspelmath

According to Martin Haspelmath (in a recent blogpost), differential object marking (DOM) “has been well-understood since the 1980s, but even though the explanation was clearly stated in Comrie (1989) (and also formulated clearly in Croft (1988) and Bossong (1991)), many linguists seems to have forgotten about it”. Haspelmath’s main thesis in this piece is that … Continue reading What does it mean to understand Differential Object Marking? A Reply to Haspelmath