LINGUIST List 17.1352|
Tue May 02 2006
Disc: Recursion; Research Standards for Promotion/Tenure
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Problems with Recent Proposals on Recursion & FLN
Reasonable Research Standards
Message 1: Problems with Recent Proposals on Recursion & FLN
From: Oren Sadeh Leicht <oren.sadehleichtlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Problems with Recent Proposals on Recursion & FLN
I think saying that the claim of recursion being a single essential trait
of human language has no content confuses a few points.
Human language, under Chomsky's view (and I guess Hauser and Fitch, too),
is regarded as a mental state, part of the human mind, or I-language.
Recursion is a property of human minds, not necessarily found in (E-)languages.
Thus it is perfectly logical to assert that a language may lack recursion.
It may still be learned (perhaps badly) by recursion which is in the mind
of humans beings, but not in the langauge itself.
Philosophy of Language
Message 2: Reasonable Research Standards
From: Regina Morin <rmorintcnj.edu>
Subject: Reasonable Research Standards
My College is currently in the process of writing Disciplinary Standards
for reappointment, tenure and promotion. I have not been able to find
anywhere in writing what are generally considered reasonable expectations
for research (conferences and publications) for different types of
institutions. Specifically, my questions are:
1. What rate of publication (1 article a year, 2, more? A book?) is
considered reasonable at a Class I research institution, with a 1/1, 1/2,
2/2 teaching load of mostly graduate courses?
2. What rate of publication (1 article a year, 2, more? A book?) is
considered reasonable at a liberal arts college with a 3/3 or 4/4 teaching
load of exclusively undergraduate courses, with advising and other
3. Do expectations vary widely depending on the particular subfield of
4. What constitutes a normal rejection rate for a first or second tier
5. Do publications in refereed selected linguistics conference proceedings
generally carry as much weight as publications in refereed journals?
I would be happy to post a summary of any responses received. Thank you.
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