Foundations of Language
Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
By (author) Ray Jackendoff
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Foundations of Language by Ray Jackendoff
Book DescriptionHow does human language work? How do we put ideas into words that others can understand? Can linguistics shed light on the way the brain operates? Foundations of Language puts linguistics back at the centre of the search to understand human consciousness. Ray Jackendoff begins by surveying the developments in linguistics over the years since Noam Chomsky's Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. He goes on to propose a radical re-conception of how the brain processes language. This opens up vivid new perspectives on every major aspect of language and communication, including grammar, vocabulary, learning, the origins of human language, and how language relates to the real world. Foundations of Language makes important connections with other disciplines which have been isolated from linguistics for many years. It sets a new agenda for close cooperation between the study of language, mind, the brain, behaviour, and evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199264377
(242mm x 169mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2003
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, Paperback (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.
Foundations of Language, Hardback (January 2002)» View all books by Ray Jackendoff
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, thought, and communication.
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Author Biography - Ray Jackendoff
Ray Jackendoff is the author of Semantics and Cognition, Consciousness and the Computational Mind, The Architecture of the Language Faculty, and (with Fred Lerdahl) A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. He has been Professor of Linguistics at Brandeis University since 1971. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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