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Foundations of language : brain, meaning, grammar, evolution

Foundations of language : brain, meaning, grammar, evolution

Author: Ray Jackendoff
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 cliche 'this should be read by every researcher in the field, '" writes Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct. "But Ray Jackendoff's Foundations of Language does." Foundations of Language offers a radically  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Jackendoff
ISBN: 0198270127 9780198270126 0199264376 9780199264377
OCLC Number: 48053881
Notes: Published in Oxford, England.
Description: xix, 477 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Psychological and biological foundations. The complexity of linguistic structure --
Language as a mental phenomenon --
Combinatoriality --
Universal grammar --
Architectural foundations. The parallel architecture --
Lexical storage versus online construction --
Implications for processing --
An evolutionary perspective on the architecture --
Semantic and conceptual foundations. Semantics as a mentalistic enterprise --
Reference and truth --
Lexical semantics --
Phrasal semantics.
Responsibility: Ray Jackendoff.
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Proposes an holistic theory of the relation between the sounds, structure, and meaning of language and their relation to mind and brain. This book provides insights on the evolution of language,  Read more...


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Jackendoff engages in a moderate and reasonable way with some of the critics of Chomsky's many controversial claims ... well written and provides a valuable and interesting account of the Chomskian Read more...

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