Poverty of the Stimulus: Willingness to be Puzzled

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This chapter begins by identifying parallels between the development of Generative Grammar and the rise of the modern scientific revolution. It then claims that the willingness to be puzzled by what seem to be obvious truths is the first step in understanding how the world works. Once we agree to be puzzled by the elementary Poverty of Stimulus problem, and try to offer a principled answer to it, there are many important consequences that follow, and many new problems arise. This is precisely what we should expect in a research program that seeks answers to fundamental questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRich Languages From Poor Inputs
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191745041
ISBN (Print)9780199590339
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Generative grammar
  • Language
  • Poverty of stimulus
  • Scientific revolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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