Faculty of Language was launched September 28, 2012. This means that it is now entering its third year and FoL is now in its terrible twos (TT). So no more cute quiet complaisant blog. No more walking on tip toes around important issues. No more shying away from polemics and vigorous debate. Now that we are in the TTs it's time to say what we really think and pursue the intellectual debate loudly and vigorously.
With this in mind, I would like to invite those who have been passive readers to join the fray. FoL was started to focus on the big issues that initially motivated the Generative enterprise. These, IMO, had lost the prominence they once had, and linguistics did not benefit from this. GG was once at the center of the cognitive revolution. Sadly, this is no longer so. It is similarly absent from much discussion in the cog-neuroscience of language. In other words, much of what GG has discovered has remained a well kept secret and the influence GG should have had on work in these areas has dissipated. I believe that we need to change this, both for the good of linguistics as a discipline and because we have important (indeed vital) contributions to make to the brain and cognitive sciences.
We need to reconnect with the big issues and vociferously push the consequences of our discoveries hard in the larger cog-neuro community. And part of this involves getting clear what we think these consequences are and part involves making sure that what we've done is neither misunderstood nor ignored. And this means talking up in public venues where the issues are raised and making sure that others get it, even if this means being intellectually pushy. And this means being ready to critique what we take to be work that ignores or /and flies in the face of all we know.
So let's make year 3 a good boisterous one. No more pussy-footing around. Please send me things YOU find important and relevant. Please send suggestions for things to discuss. Let's make lots of noise!! We will all benefit.