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By Ellen M. Markman, Marjorie S. Horton, Alexander G. McLanahan, N. H. Freeman, S. Lloyd, C. G. Sinha, J. A. Fodor, M. F. Garrett, E. C. T. Walker & C. H. Parkes

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The reason why he puts forward a lack of grasp of object permanence as the explanation is that he had only two terms in his argument: the location and identity of the object. The present evidence indicates the role of a third term: the characteristics of the hiding place with reference to its canonical orientation. It is more economical to explain the data on the basis of this last term than to modify an account based on its original suppression. This pushes forward the argument of Butterworth (1977) and Gratch (1976): the infants’ representation of space is limited, but not, or not only, by their incomplete knowledge of the desirable object which the experimenter uses to induce representational activity.

We believe that, insofar as the problem of interpreting the primitive basis has been faced at all by contemporary adherents of TSP (especially in AI and psychology) it has usually been something like the Empiricist version of the doctrine that they have had in mind. (Showing this would require more textual exegesis than we have space for here, but see J. A. Fodor, op. ). ’ must cope with the problem of intepreting the primitive basis somehow. One hasn’t got a theory of language and the world unless that problem has been adequately addressed: all one has is a theory of a relation between uninterpreted linguistic forms.

In this respect, the “bachelor --f unmarried” case may be quite misleading. Consider, for example, a kind of case which we will presently 6There’s every reason to believe that, if there are such things as semantic representations, they must bk syntactically analyzed formulae; perhaps they are something like tree structures, as practically all linguists have assumed. For present purposes we can ignore this, but it will be important further on. Against definitions return to at length: the informal validity of arguments 27 1 like 8.

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