Categories/PinkerVsTradition: a desire for classification does not exist because of limited memory - tradition: without order there would be chaos - PinkerVs: Organisation for its own sake is pointless - solution: only with categories we can draw conclusions (inferences) - most categories are in the middle: E.g. "rabbit", not "cottontail" or "mammal".
George LakoffVsCategories: there are no clear categories, they are pure fictions and should be abolished - PinkerVsLakoff: rules are just idealizations._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
How the Mind Works, New York 1997
Wie das Denken im Kopf entsteht München 1998