New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind / Edition 1

New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind / Edition 1

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by Noam Chomsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521658225

ISBN-13: 9780521658225

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is an outstanding contribution to the philosophical study of language and mind, by one of the most influential thinkers of our time. In a series of penetrating essays, Chomsky cuts through the confusion and prejudice that has infected the study of language and mind, bringing new solutions to traditional philosophical puzzles and fresh perspectives on

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This book is an outstanding contribution to the philosophical study of language and mind, by one of the most influential thinkers of our time. In a series of penetrating essays, Chomsky cuts through the confusion and prejudice that has infected the study of language and mind, bringing new solutions to traditional philosophical puzzles and fresh perspectives on issues of general interest, ranging from the mind-body problem to the unification of science. Using a range of imaginative and deceptively simple linguistic analyses, Chomsky defends the view that knowledge of language is internal to the human mind. He argues that a proper study of language must deal with this mental construct. According to Chomsky, therefore, human language is a "biological object" and should be analyzed using the methodology of the sciences. His examples and analyses come together in this book to give a unique and compelling perspective on language and the mind.

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ISBN-13:
9780521658225
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,370,006
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Neil Smith; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. New horizons in the study of language; 2. Explaining language use; 3. Language and interpretation: philosophical reflections and empirical inquiry; 4. Naturalism and dualism in the study of language and mind; 5. Language as a natural object; 6. Language from an internalist perspective; 7. Internalist explorations; Bibliography; Index.

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New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With the superior style style of the past and the new ideas of the present, Chomsky retains his authoritative prose while arguing his new ideas. It is a wonderful contribution to modern study of Linguistics as well as the philosophy of the mind. Bear in mind however that the heaviness of the ideas as well as the language itself suit it better for the scholar or well read. This is not a book recommended for the general reader, however, don't let that stop any interest. Chomsky, continues his argument, started in the 1960's of the "Mental Organ" through which we construct language. Now he presents his newest ideas on the subject in a truly spectacular way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago