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47. 48. 49. 50 . 51 . 52 . 53. 54 . Rethinking Cognitive Theory constancy' do not fonn a coherent theoretical class amenable to coherent generalising explanation of an etiological kind . Defending this claim, however, would take me too far away from the main topic , which is to review and criticise existing cognitivist claims to have a coherent theory of such matters. It is perfectly possible that my own views are themselves false; but this in no sense affects my arguments against available views.
S . Hacker, Wittgenstein : Understanding and Meaning, vol. 1 (Oxford : Basil Blackwell/Chicago: University of Chicago Press , 1980) p. 276 . (See the entire discussion of 'understanding new sentences' , pp . 274-9). H . , 1976). On his SHRDLU program, see T erry Winograd, Understanding Natural Language (New York : Academic Press , 1972). R . Anderson , Language, Memory and Thought (N ew York : LEA/Wiley, 1976). On his ELIZA program, see Weizenbaum . G . Bobrow, ' Natural Language Input for a Computer Problem-Solving System ' in M .
76. , p. 106. Note how this formulation is left as a general truism, presumably descriptive of an invariant state of a speaker who eventually says something. I would want to claim that the ascriptionconditions for a predicate such as someone's 'having something to say ' are quite occasioned, not invariantly present in cases in which someone starts to say something! , p. 103. Fodor, Psychological Explanation, p. 3. Ibid. Note that Fodor does not here distinguish between physical and cultural environments .