Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution Ray S. Jackendoff

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Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution  by  Ray S. Jackendoff

Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution by Ray S. Jackendoff
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Already hailed as a masterpiece, Foundations of Language offers a brilliant overhaul of the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics and related fields. Few books really deserve the cliché this should be read by every researcherMoreAlready hailed as a masterpiece, Foundations of Language offers a brilliant overhaul of the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics and related fields.

Few books really deserve the cliché this should be read by every researcher in the field, writes Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct, but Ray Jackendoffs Foundations of Language does. Foundations of Language offers a radically new understanding of howlanguage, the brain, and perception intermesh. The book renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entrée into understanding the human mind and brain. The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is Jackendoffs fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives frommultiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components.

This shift in basic architecture makes possible a radical reconception of mental grammar and how it is learned. As a consequence, Jackendoff is able to reintegrate linguistics with philosophy of mind, cognitive and developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and computational linguistics. Among the major topics treated are language processing, the relation of language to perception, the innateness oflanguage, and the evolution of the language capacity, as well as more standard issues in linguistic theory such as the roles of syntax and the lexicon.

In addition, Jackendoff offers a sophisticated theory of semantics that incorporates insights from philosophy of language, logic and formal semantics,lexical semantics of various stripes, cognitive grammar, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches, and the authors own conceptual semantics.



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