Language, Brain, and Cognitive Development: Essays in Honor of Jacques Mehler

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MIT Press, 2001 - Psychology - 541 pages

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.

 

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Four decades of past tense

Contents

CognitionSome Personal Histories with Tinkers
23
Representations Psychological Reality and Beyond
41
Is the Imagery Debate Over? If So What Was It About?
59
Mental Models and Human Reasoning
85
Is the Content of Experience the Same as the Content
103
Introduction
123
Some Sentences on Our Consciousness of Sentences
143
Four Decades of Rules and Associations or Whatever Happened
157
On the Very Possibility of Discontinuities in Conceptual
303
Continuity Competence and the Object Concept
325
Of Acquired Expectations and Core
341
What Infants Know about It and What
363
On Becoming and Being Bilingual
379
On Language Biology and Reductionism
397
Whats So Special about Speech?
417
The Biological Foundations of Music
435

The Roll of the Silly Ball
181
Implications
195
A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Determiner Production
209
Frequency Effects in Language
227
How to Study Development
259
Counting in Animals and Humans
279
The Literate Mind and the Universal Human Mind
463
Perspectives on a Critical
481
Where Were We?
503
Short Biography of Jacques Mehler
513
Afterword
529
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About the author (2001)

Emmanuel Dupoux is Director of the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, associated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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