Language and Mind

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 12, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 190 pages
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This is the third edition of Chomsky's outstanding collection of essays on language and mind, first published in 2006. The first six chapters, originally published in the 1960s, made a groundbreaking contribution to linguistic theory. This edition complements them with an additional chapter and a new preface, bringing Chomsky's influential approach into the twenty-first century. Chapters 1-6 present Chomsky's early work on the nature and acquisition of language as a genetically endowed, biological system (Universal Grammar), through the rules and principles of which we acquire an internalized knowledge (I-language). Over the past fifty years, this framework has sparked an explosion of inquiry into a wide range of languages, and has yielded some major theoretical questions. The final chapter revisits the key issues, reviewing the 'biolinguistic' approach that has guided Chomsky's work from its origins to the present day, and raising some novel and exciting challenges for the study of language and mind.

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User Review  - jay niemeyer - Goodreads

Incredibly fascinating. Chomsky is a superb scientist, actually. Of course, he is a terrible political/ social theorist. Read full review

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User Review  - Josiah Miller - Goodreads

This book is repetitive in parts where he argues the same points of view against some of the same critiques in a couple of different essays in the book. For me, this book helped me have a better ... Read full review

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Linguistic contributions to the study of mind past
Linguistic contributions to the study of mind present
Linguistic contributions to the study of mind future
Form and meaning in natural languages
The formal nature of language
Linguistics and philosophy
Biolinguistics and the human capacity

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Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and On Nature and Language (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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