Foundations of Language
Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
By (author) Ray Jackendoff
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Foundations of Language by Ray Jackendoff
Book DescriptionAlready 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 new understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. The book renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entree into understanding the human mind and brain. The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is Jackendoff's fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives from multiple 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 of language, 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 author's own conceptual semantics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198270126
(251mm x 180mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ray Jackendoff
User's Guide to Thought and Meaning, Paperback (April 2015)
A profoundly arresting integration of the faculties of the mind - of how we think, speak, and see the world. Written with an informality that belies the originality of its insights and the radical nature of its conclusions, this is the author's most important book since his groundbreaking Foundations of Language in 2002.
Meaning and the Lexicon, Hardback (February 2010)
This book traces Ray Jackendoff's Parallel Architecture account of mind and language from origins to present. The discussion draws on linguistics, cognitive science, and philosophy, and combines depth of thought with clarity and wit. It will interest everyone concerned to know how language operates in the mind, brain, and human communication.
Simpler Syntax, Paperback (June 2005)
Offers a perspective on the structure of human language. This book addresses the issue: proper balance between syntax and semantics, between structure and derivation, and between rule systems and lexicon. It is aimed at those concerned with language in psychology, human biology, evolution, computational science, and artificial intelligence.
Foundations of Language, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Ray Jackendoff
Proposes a holistic theory of the relation between the sounds, structure, and meaning of language and their relation to mind and brain. This work aims to offer fundamental thinking in linguistics since Noam Chomsky's "Aspects of the Theory of Syntax" in 1965. It also provides insights on the evolution of language, thought, and communication.
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Author Biography - Ray Jackendoff
Ray Jackendoff has been Professor of Linguistics at Brandeis University since 1971. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President-Elect of the Linguistic Society of America, and a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. He is the author of Semantics and Cognition: Consciousness and the Computational Mind, and (with Fred Lerdahl) A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. With pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu, he has recently recorded a CD of modern Romanian clarinet music.
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