Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals

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Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 268 pages
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Chomsky has had a major influence on linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky's work, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky's key contributions to the study of both language and the mind. He gives a detailed exposition of Chomsky's linguistic theorizing, and examines the ideas for which he is best known. Smith discusses the psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky's work, and argues that he has fundamentally changed the way we think of ourselves. Smith examines Chomsky's political ideas and how these fit intellectually with his scholarly work. The final chapter spells out the themes - rationality, creativity and modularity - that unite the disparate strands of his vast output. Throughout, Smith explores the controversy surrounding Chomsky's work, and explains why he has been both adulated and vilified.

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i'm finding this a difficult, but invigorating read. hopefully as i get the jargon down, it will be easier. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Neil Smith is one of the most senior figures in British linguistics. He is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College London, and has been Head of the Linguistics Section of the Department since 1972. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including "The Twitter Machine "(Blackwell, 1989), "The Mind of a Savant "(with Ianthi Tsimpli, Blackwell, 1995), "Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals ""(1999, 2004) "and "Language, Bananas and Bonobos "(Blackwell, 2002). "He "was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and an Honorary Member of the LSA in 2000.

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