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Rules and representations

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1980.
Series: Woodbridge lectures, no. 11.
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In this influential and controversial work Chomsky draws on philosophy, biology, and the study of the mind to consider the nature of human cognitive capacities, particularly as they are expressed in language. He arrives at his well-known position that there is a universal grammar, genetically determined, structured in the human mind, and common to all human languages. Aside from his examination of the various  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Noam Chomsky
ISBN: 0231048262 9780231048262 0231048270 9780231048279
OCLC Number: 5726979
Description: viii, 299 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Mind and body ---
2. Structures, capacities, and conventions ---
3. Knowledge of grammar ---
4. Some elements of grammar ---
5. On the biological basis of language capacities ---
6. Language and unconscious knowledge.
Series Title: Woodbridge lectures, no. 11.
Responsibility: Noam Chomsky.

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In this influential and controversial work Chomsky draws on philosophy, biology, and the study of the mind to consider the nature of human cognitive capacities, particularly as they are expressed in language. He arrives at his well-known position that there is a universal grammar, genetically determined, structured in the human mind, and common to all human languages. Aside from his examination of the various principles of the universal grammar -- its "rules and representations"--Chomsky considers the biological basis of language capabilities and the possibility of studying mental structures and capacities in the manner of the natural sciences. Finally, he also explores whether there may be similar "grammars" of perception, art, human nature, scientific reasoning, and the unconscious. -- Publisher description.

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