The real blog action is going on in the neighborhood.
1. My brother links to a Darymple smackdown of Mr. Language Instinct. While I find its elitism stodgy and its analysis oversimplified, it's certainly better than Pinker's pop-evo-psycho-linguo-babbling and laissez-faire approach to language development. Hasn't Pinker read Piaget? Left untutored, cognitive and linguistic development goes only so far. I don't teach English and coach speech and debate for nothing.
2. Mark Olson asks Two Dumb Questions.
3. Peter Wall, agent provocateur, tries to shoehorn the law into a social harms paradigm.