Language, Brain, and Cognitive Development: Essays in Honor of Jacques Mehler available in Hardcover
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- MIT Press
Interdisciplinary essays on central issues in cognitive science.
In the early 1960s, the bold project of the emerging field of cognition was to put the human mind under the scrutiny of rational inquiry, through the conjoined efforts of philosophy, linguistics, computer science, psychology, and neuroscience. Forty years later, cognitive science is a flourishing academic field. The contributions to this collection, written in honor of Jacques Mehler, a founder of the field of psycholinguistics, assess the progress of cognitive science. The questions addressed include: What have we learned or not learned about language, brain, and cognition? Where are we now? Where have we failed? Where have we succeeded? The book is organized into four sections in addition to the introduction: thought, language, neuroscience, and brain and biology. Some chapters cut across several sections, attesting to the cross-disciplinary nature of the field.
About the Author
Emmanuel Dupoux is Director of the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, associated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
Table of ContentsPreface
1 Portrait of a "Classical" Cognitive Scientist: What I have Learned from Jacques Mehler
2 Cognition -- Some Personal Histories (with Pinker's appendix)
Representations, Psychological Reality, and Beyond
3 In Defense of Massive Modularity
4 Is the Imagery Debate Over? If So, What Was It About?
5 Mental Models and Human Reasoning
6 Is the Content of Experience the Same as the Content of Thought?
7 About Parameters, Prominence, and Bootstrapping
8 Some Sentences on Our Consciousness of Sentences
9 Four Decades of Rules and Associations, or Whatever Happened to the Past Tense Debate?
10 The Roll of the Silly Ball
11 Phonotactic Constraints Shape Speech Perception: Implications for Sublexical and Lexical Processing
12 A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Determiner Production
13 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Frequency Effects in Language Production
14 Relations between Speech Production and Speech Perception: Some Behavioral and Neurological Observations
How to Study Development
15 Why We Need Cognition: Cause and Developmental Disorder
16 Counting in Animals and Humans
17 On the Very Possibility of Discontinuities in Conceptual Development
18 Continuity, Competence, and the Object Concept
19 Infants' Physical Knowledge: Of Acquired Expectations and Core Principles
20 Learning Language: What Infants Know about I, and What We Don't Know about That
21 On Becoming and Being Bilingual
V Brain and Biology
On Language, Biology, and Reductionism
22 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Synthesis of Mind and Brain
23 What's SoSpecial about Speech?
24 The Biological Foundations of Music
25 Brain and Sounds: Lessons from "Dyslexic" Rodents
26 The Literate Mind and the Universal Human Mind
27 Critical Thinking about Critical Periods: Perspectives on a Critical Period for Language Acquisition
28 Cognition and Neuroscience: Where Were We?
Appendix: Short Biography of Jacques Mehler