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. He has had a major influence on linguistics, psychology and philosophy, and a significant effect on many other disciplines, from anthropology to mathematics, education to literary criticism. In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky's work and influence, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky's key contributions to the study of language and the study of mind. He gives a detailed exposition of Chomsky's linguistic theorizing, discusses the psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky's work, and argues that he has fundamentally changed the way we think of ourselves, gaining a position in the history of ideas on a par with that of Darwin or Descartes. This second edition has been thoroughly 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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This took me a while to read because it's so full of information and I often had to check other publications, I also put it on hold a couple of times because of other school work. I'm studying Applied ... Read full review

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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