Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
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Noam Chomsky is one of the leading intellectual figures of modern times. In this rigorous yet accessible account, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky's key contributions to the study of language and the study of mind, giving a detailed exposition of Chomsky's linguistic theorizing, and discussing the psychological and philosophical implications of his work. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to account for Chomsky's most recent work, including his continued contributions to linguistics, his further discussion on evolution, and his extensive work on the events of September 11th, 2001.
 

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Contents

On heroes and influences
4
The linguistic foundation
46
Levels of representation
53
Government and Binding theory
66
Empty categories
73
Minimalism
83
A historical progression
93
Causality and observability
99
commitments and controversies
138
Controversies
147
Conclusions
175
The anarchist background
185
The critique of domestic policy
197
The technique of dissection
204
Conclusion
214
Bibliography
248

Language processing
109
Language acquisition Platos problem
119
Language pathology
129

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Neil Smith is Professor and Head of Linguistics at University College London.

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