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Fri Nov 5 1999

FYI: Quantum Linguistics/Evolutionary Model of Lang

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Message 1: FYI: Quantum Linguistics and Evolutionary Model of Language

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 11:36:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Moonhawk Alford <dalfordhaywire.csuhayward.edu>
Subject: FYI: Quantum Linguistics and Evolutionary Model of Language


Quantum Linguistics is a new subfield launched at the quantum physicists'
"Quantum Approaches to Consciousness" conference in Flagstaff AZ this
summer. Based on the foundations of *consciousness* (different languages
appropriate to different states of consciousness), *non-locality* (human
language is a special case of what is known as telepathy), and
*relativity* (a la Whorf and Einstein), QL is intended as complementary to
normal linguistics as quantum physics is complementary to classical
physics. I am interested in discussing these ideas with linguists -- if
any -- who are interested in this 21st-century approach to language based
on 20th- rather than 19th-century science.

On the flip side, I've also developed over the last 20 years an actual
evolutionary approach to language which some linguists might be interested
in. Caution: like the above, this is not for the faint-hearted or
untenured-insecure since it rejects the notion that "language" is a
convenient shorthand for "human language" -- showing instead,
evolutionarily. both what is unique to humans about language and what is
shared with the rest of the animal kingdom. Based on brainwave rhythm
levels and our evolutionarily nested brains, this "4-BrainMind Model of
Language" demonstrates that Piaget's four developmental levels of
thinking correspond to four levels of language (motor, emotional, social,
formal), each with its own unique form of grammar and consciousness which
cannot be comprehended by formal approaches alone. I'm interested in
discussing this approach with any linguists looking for evolutionary
approaches to human language beyond the normal "poof!" alternative
currently endemic to our profession.

Prelimary thoughts about these issues are to be found on my webpage, and I
encourage respondents to read beyond the above paragraphs before
responding.

warm regards, moonhawk

Visit Moonhawk's new webpage at 
http://sunflower.com/~dewatson/alford.htm
for recent presentations and hard-to-find classic articles.
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