Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jan 24, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 498 pages
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Already hailed as a masterpiece, Foundations of Language offers a brilliant overhaul of the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics and related fields. "Few books really deserve the cliché 'this should be read by every researcher in the field'," writes Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct, "but Ray Jackendoff's Foundations of Language does." Foundations of Language offers a radically new understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. The book renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entrée into understanding the human mind and brain. The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is Jackendoff's fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives from multiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components. This shift in basic architecture makes possible a radical reconception of mental grammar and how it is learned. As a consequence, Jackendoff is able to reintegrate linguistics with philosophy of mind, cognitive and developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and computational linguistics. Among the major topics treated are language processing, the relation of language to perception, the innateness of language, and the evolution of the language capacity, as well as more standard issues in linguistic theory such as the roles of syntax and the lexicon. In addition, Jackendoff offers a sophisticated theory of semantics that incorporates insights from philosophy of language, logic and formal semantics, lexical semantics of various stripes, cognitive grammar, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches, and the author's own conceptual semantics.
  

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Contents

Preface
vii
Acknowledgments
viii
PART I Psychological and Biological Foundations
viii
CHAPTER 1 The Complexity of Linguistic Structure
viii
CHAPTER 2 Language as a Mental Phenomenon
viii
CHAPTER 3 Combinatoriality
viii
CHAPTER 4 Universal Grammar
viii
PART II Architectural Foundations
viii
CHAPTER 8 An Evolutionary Perspective on the Architecture
lxvi
PART III Semantic and Conceptual Foundations
xxiii
CHAPTER 9 Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise
xxiv
Chapter 10 Reference and Truth
liii
Chapter 11 Lexical Semantics
xcv
Chapter 12 Phrasal Semantics
xxix
Chapter 13 Concluding Remarks
lxxvii
References
lxxxv

CHAPTER 5 The Parallel Architecture
viii
CHAPTER 6 Lexical Storage versus Online Construction
cxxxiv
CHAPTER 7 Implications for Processing
xxxii

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