> From: "Fox, SJ" email@example.com
> computers... often blurt out nonsense; This is what would happen to the
> man in the Chinese room faced with a grammatically imperfect sentence -
> he'd either reply wrongly, or concede that his rules did not cover a
> sentence of ungrammatical structure.
> "We don't need no education"
Bad grammar's no problem. We are already supposing that the computer
programme that passes the Turing Test is able to be your penpal for
a lifetime without your ever suspecting it's a computer. It would
be trivial to make it able to make and understand stylistic errors.
(As I said, if you are thinking of Chomsky's Universal Grammar, we
almost never say anything that violates that, except in linguistics
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