The role of feedback in language processing
We may associate philology with a study of poetry and other literary forms of language. However, philology embraces also linguistics, and linguistic studies have progressed into the neural reality of language. Naturally, dissecting brains in order to analyze language would be absurd. Facts of neurology yet may add valuable insight in language phenomena and help reduce bias as well as prejudice.
Human language skills depend on specific brain regions. These brain areas as well as the entire nervous system need natural, internal, physiological feedback processes for functioning. Individual requirement for these feedback phenomena approximates a drive in unimpeded humans, instances of altered feedback capacities potentially resulting in drive-like behaviors.
The thesis has nothing to do with “programming” theories on the human mind: feel welcome to see The myth of mind control. On the contrary, it defends a view on human inner feedback capacities as dominant owing to their role to the self-preservation instinct. As probably every master’s thesis, the work is matter-of-fact: these are the grounds of fact and science to affirm behaviorism as a failure.
The feedback performance discussed in the thesis does not mean the evaluative or opinion-related responses that everyday language use connotes. The notion of a drive does not involve sex-related behaviors.
I defended “The role of feedback in language processing” in the year 2000. Within these years, there has not been any reason to change the premises as well as the conclusions. I am an M.A. in English philology, American English, specialized in psycholinguistics.
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The work is an intellective outcome based on legally available printed resources which are all acknowledged in the bibliography. The thesis did not involve, as well as does not require, any experiments.
The thesis does not support biofeedback and other artificial feedback techniques or technologies. In the light of the importance of the natural processes, such techniques or technologies might prove harmful.
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Human processing of language may be viewed as human information processing. With the core concepts of processing of options, a processing unit, a program, and a control hierarchy being necessary for any consideration of information processing phenomena, the use of terms related to computer science should not be understood as an attempt to draw too close an analogy, as human language continues to be the very scope of skill unmatched by artificial intelligence. Therefore, human physiology shall remain the primary area of reference for the following discussion of the role of feedback in language behavior.