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By Colin Woodard

An illuminating background of North America's 11 rival cultural areas that explodes the crimson state-blue kingdom fable.

North the US used to be settled by means of individuals with special non secular, political, and ethnographic features, developing nearby cultures which were at odds with each other ever due to the fact. next immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" tradition, yet quite into one of many 11 unique neighborhood ones that unfold over the continent every one staking out collectively unique territory.

In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a trip in the course of the heritage of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances among its part countries, which agree to neither kingdom nor foreign barriers. He illustrates and explains why "American" values range sharply from one zone to a different. Woodard unearths how intranational ameliorations have performed a pivotal function at each element within the continent's heritage, from the yankee Revolution and the Civil battle to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of contemporary presidential elections. American Nations is a progressive and revelatory tackle America's myriad identities and the way the conflicts among them have formed our previous and are molding our future.

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Nc: We’re assuming – it’s not a certainty – but we’re basically adopting the Aristotelian framework that there’s sound and meaning and something connecting them. So just starting with that as a crude approximation, there is a sensory-motor system for externalization and there is a conceptual system that involves thought and action, and these are, at least in part, languageindependent – internal, but language-independent. The broad faculty of language includes those and whatever interconnects them.

Nc: Well, that is very plausible. How much of language that accounts for we don’t really know – basically, finding that out is the Minimalist Program: how much is accounted for by this one innovation? On Merge itself, every theory agrees; if you have a system with infinitely many hierarchically organized expressions, you have Merge or something equivalent, at the very least, whatever the formulation is. We just take for granted that Merge came along somewhere, and you can more or less time it. Then the question is, given that and the external conditions that language has to meet – interface conditions and independent properties of organisms, or maybe beyond organisms (physical laws and so on and so forth) – how much of language is determined by them?

Well, what does that mean? One thing it may mean is that these systems – like, say, prosody and binding theory – which we have thought of as being narrow syntax, could be outside the language faculty entirely. We’re not given the architecture in advance. And we know that, somehow, there’s a homunculus out there who’s using the entire sound and entire meaning – that’s the way we think and talk. It could be that that point where all the information is going to be gathered, that is where the global properties apply.

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