Ignorance of Language / Edition 1

Ignorance of Language / Edition 1

by Michael Devitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199250960

ISBN-13: 9780199250967

Pub. Date: 07/06/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Chomskian revolution in linguistics gave rise to a new orthodoxy about mind and language. Michael Devitt throws down a provocative challenge to that orthodoxy. What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there a "language faculty?" These questions are crucial to our

Overview

The Chomskian revolution in linguistics gave rise to a new orthodoxy about mind and language. Michael Devitt throws down a provocative challenge to that orthodoxy. What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there a "language faculty?" These questions are crucial to our developing understanding of ourselves; Michael Devitt offers refreshingly original answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199250967
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I. Linguistics is not Psychology
1. Introduction
2. A grammar as a theory of linguistic reality
II. Positions on Psychological Reality
3. Some possible positions on psychological reality
4. Some actual postions on psychological reality
III. 'Philosophical' Arguments for the Representational Thesis
5. The Rejection of Behaviourism
6. Folk Psychology
7. Intuitions
IV. The Relation of Language to Thought
8. Thought before language
9. A case for the psychological reality of language
10. Thought and the language faculty
V. Language Use and Acquisition
11. Language use
12. Language acquisition

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