Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 19, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this extraordinarily original and profound work, Noam Chomsky discusses themes in the study of language and mind since the end of the sixteenth century in order to explain the motivations and methods that underlie his work in linguistics, the science of mind, and even politics. This edition includes a new and specially written introduction by James McGilvray, contextualising the work for the twenty-first century. It has been made more accessible to a larger audience; all the French and German in the original edition has been translated, and the notes and bibliography have been brought up to date. The relationship between the original edition (published in 1966) and contemporary biolinguistic work is also explained. This challenging volume is an important contribution to the study of language and mind, and to the history of these studies since the end of the sixteenth century.
 

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Contents

unboundedness 39 42
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innate concepts 7 37 4546
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parameters 3033 47
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accommodation of linguistics to biology 18
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innate processes 20 28 49 100 103
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acquisition of language 14 30 98106 144
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adverbs 86 88
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poetry 6869 125
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Arnauld A 87 140
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political theory 7374
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65 123 126 137
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Cartesian linguistics 57 58 76 118
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Enlightenment views 50
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democracy 52
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Ilanguage 47
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natural languages
129

descriptivism 140 141
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ideal types
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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