Language, Brain, and Cognitive Development: Essays in Honor of Jacques Mehler
Interdisciplinary essays on central issues in cognitive science.
In the early 1960s, the bold project of the emerging field of cognition was to put the human mind under the scrutiny of rational inquiry, through the conjoined efforts of philosophy, linguistics, computer science, psychology, and neuroscience. Forty years later, cognitive science is a flourishing academic field. The contributions to this collection, written in honor of Jacques Mehler, a founder of the field of psycholinguistics, assess the progress of cognitive science. The questions addressed include: What have we learned or not learned about language, brain, and cognition? Where are we now? Where have we failed? Where have we succeeded? The book is organized into four sections in addition to the introduction: thought, language, neuroscience, and brain and biology. Some chapters cut across several sections, attesting to the cross-disciplinary nature of the field.
What I Have Learned
CognitionSome Personal Histories with Pinkers
Representations Psychological Reality and Beyond
In Defense of Massive Modularity
Is the Imagery Debate Over? If So What Was It About?
Mental Models and Human Reasoning
Is the Content of Experience the Same as the Content
Counting in Animals and Humans
On the Very Possibility of Discontinuities in Conceptual
Continuity Competence and the Object Concept
Of Acquired Expectations and Core
What Infants Know about It and What
On Becoming and Being Bilingual
On Language Biology and Reductionism
Whats So Special about Speech?
Some Sentences on Our Consciousness of Sentences
Four Decades of Rules and Associations or Whatever Happened
The Roll of the Silly Ball
A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Determiner Production
Frequency Effects in Language
How to Study Development
The Biological Foundations of Music
The Literate Mind and the Universal Human Mind
Perspectives on a Critical
Where Were We?
Short Biography of Jacques Mehler