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The Science of Language : Interviews with James McGilvray

Author: Noam Chomsky; James McGilvray
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics.
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Noam Chomsky; James McGilvray
ISBN: 9781139061018 1139061011 9781107016378 1107016371
OCLC Number: 981396444
Description: 1 online resource (1 recurso en línea (328 p.))
Contents: Cover; The Science of Language; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Part 1: The science of language and mind; 1: Language, function, communication: language and the use of language; 2: On a formal theory of language and its accommodation to biology; the distinctive nature of human concepts; Supplemental material from interview 20 January 2009; 3: Representation and computation; 4: More on human concepts; 5: Reflections on the study of language; 6: Parameters, canalization, innateness, Universal Grammar; 7: Development, master/control genes, etc. 8: Perfection and design (interview 20 January 2009)9: Universal Grammar and simplicity; 10: On the intellectual ailments of some scientists; 11: The place of language in the mind; 12: Chomsky's intellectual contributions; 13: Simplicity and its role in Chomsky's work; 14: Chomsky and Nelson Goodman; Part II: Human nature and its study; 15: Chomsky on human nature and human understanding; 16: Human nature and evolution: thoughts on sociobiology and evolutionary psychology; 17: Human nature again; 18: Morality and universalization; August 17, 2004 session; 19: Optimism and grounds for it. 20: Language, agency, common sense, and science21: Philosophers and their roles; 22: Biophysical limitations on understanding; 23: Epistemology and biological limits; 24: Studies of mind and behavior and their limitations; 25: Linguistics and politics; Appendix I: I-concepts, I-beliefs, and I-language; Appendix II: The several uses of "function"; II.1 Common sense and interest-dependent function; II.2 Mathematics and natural science: formal functions; II.3 Biology: function-for-an-organism; II.4 Biology: function-of-an-organ. Appendix III: On what is distinctive about human nature (and how to deal with the distinction)Appendix IV: Chomsky on natural science; Appendix V: Of concepts and misguided theories of them, and why human concepts are unique; V.1 Concepts and ways of going wrong; V.2 Are human concepts unique?; Appendix VI: Semantics and how to do it; VI. 1 Introduction; VI. 2 What is wrong with an externalist science of meaning: first pass; VI. 3 What is wrong with semantic externalism: second pass; Appendix VII: Hierarchy, structure, domination, c-command, etc.
Responsibility: Noam Chomsky, Compiled by James McGilvray.

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