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Overview

This wide-ranging collection of essays is inspired by the memory of the cognitive psychologist John Macnamara, whose influential contributions to language and concept acquisition have provided the basis for numerous research programs. The areas covered by the essays include the foundations of language and thought, congnitive and linguistic development, and mathematical approaches to cognition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262100786
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Jackendoff is Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and Codirector of the Center forCognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of many books, includingFoundations of Language.

Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

Karen Wynn is Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Publications of John Macnamara
Ch. 1 Language and Nationalism 1
Ch. 2 Meaning and Misconceptions 15
Ch. 3 On Structuralism in Mathematics 43
Ch. 4 The Natural Logic of Rights and Obligations 67
Ch. 5 Deliberation Reasons and Explanation Reasons 97
Ch. 6 Truth and Its Negation: Macnamara's Analysis of the Place of Logic in a Cognitive Psychology 109
Ch. 7 Names of Things and Stuff: An Aristotelian Perspective 119
Ch. 8 The Unity of Science and the Distinction among Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics 147
Ch. 9 Scientific Theories That Unconceal Being: Intentions and Conceptions in Their Genesis 161
Ch. 10 The Nature of Human Concepts: Evidence from an Unusual Source 221
Ch. 11 Some Evidence for Impaired Grammars 263
Ch. 12 The Role of Semantics in Solving the Bootstrapping Problem 285
Ch. 13 Sortals and Kinds: An Appreciation of John Macnamara 311
Ch. 14 Semantics and the Acquisition of Proper Names 337
Ch. 15 The Learning of First and Second Person Pronouns in English 373
Ch. 16 Kinship and Mathematical Categories 411
Ch. 17 Count Nouns, Mass Nouns, and Their Transformations: A Unified Category-Theoretic Semantics 427
Index 453
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