Cowie on the Poverty of Stimulus

  title={Cowie on the Poverty of Stimulus},
  author={J. Collins},
  • J. Collins
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • My paper defends the use of the poverty of stimulus argument (POSA) for linguistic nativism against Cowie's (1999) counter-claim that it leaves empiricism untouched. I first present the linguistic POSA as arising from a reflection on the generality of the child's initial state in comparison with the specific complexity of its final state. I then show that Cowie misconstrues the POSA as a direct argument about the character of the pld. In this light, I first argue that the data Cowie marshals… CONTINUE READING
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