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ISBN10: 0199250979 ISBN13: 9780199250974 DDC: 401.9 Edition: Paperback; 2008-06-02

Summary

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. He argues that linguistics is about linguistic reality and is not part of psychology; that linguistic rules are not represented in the mind; that speakers are largely ignorant of their language; that speakers' intuitions do not reflect information supplied by the language faculty and are not the main evidence for grammars; that the rules of "Universal Grammar" are largely, if not entirely, innate structure rules of thought; indeed, that there is little or nothing to the language faculty. Devitt's controversial theses will prove highly stimulating to anyone working on language and the mind

Classification

  • Dewey Decimal: 401.9

Book Details

  • Physical Description: 6.1"x9.0"x0.8"; 1.1 lb; 320 pages
  • Edition Info: Paperback; 2008-06-02

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