Language, Frogs and Savants: More Linguistic Problems, Puzzles and Polemics / Edition 1

Language, Frogs and Savants: More Linguistic Problems, Puzzles and Polemics / Edition 1

by Neil Smith
ISBN-10:
1405130377
ISBN-13:
9781405130370
Pub. Date:
11/07/2005
Publisher:
Wiley
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Language, Frogs and Savants: More Linguistic Problems, Puzzles and Polemics / Edition 1

With topics ranging from language death to sign language, Language, Frogs and Savants offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of linguistics.

  • Written by one of the most senior figures in linguistics.
  • Features fascinating topics ranging from language death to sign language.
  • Includes an introduction to the current vision of linguistics most closely associated with Noam Chomsky.
  • Contains a glossary of all technical terms and interpretations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405130370
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/07/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication.

Preface.

Introduction: What everyone should know about language and linguistics.

Part I. The meaning of ‘Language’.

Part II. Knowledge of Language.

Part III. Describing Knowledge of Language.

Part IV. Explanation in Language.

Part V. Linguistics as a ‘Science’.

Part VI. Beyond language: Pragmatics and the Language of Thought.

Part I Language in the Limit.

1. Savants.

2. Singing by the Dead.

3. Maganar Hannu.

4. Sneering at the Arts.

5. Babes and Sucklings.

6. Censored?.

7. Did you know that the Portuguese for Turkey is Peru?.

Part II Language in the Genes.

8. Obstinacy.

9. Backlash.

10. Is there a gene for linguists?.

11. Frogs, Parrots, Grooming, the Basal Ganglia and Language.

Part III Core Concerns.

12. Parametric Poverty.

13. Linguistics by Numbers.

14. Modules, Modals, Maths & the Mind.

15. Nothing.

16. The.

17. Are gucks mentally represented?.

Postscript: A Refutation.

18. Wonder.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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