I have an idea! I’ve been studying a fair amount of natural language stuff lately, which is something I’m not sure I want to keep doing. However, it finally inspired an idea.
In most computer science models of natural language, the crucial issue is language generation. To think about a language, you think about how it is produced. However, that is secondary. The critical thing is how it is understood. My idea is just that we shouldn’t be studying how language is produced, but rather how it is understood.
Obviously, this is a stupid idea because lots of people study how language is being understood. Still, I think that I may have a good way of looking at the problem, which is why I’m writing it down here before I forget it.