Ignorance of Language
By (author) Michael Devitt
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Ignorance of Language by Michael Devitt
Book DescriptionThe Chomskian revolution in linguistics gave rise to a new orthodoxy about mind and language. Michael Devitt throws down a provocative challenge to that orthodoxy. What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there a 'language faculty'? These questions are crucial to our developing understanding of ourselves; Michael Devitt offers refreshingly original answers. He argues that linguistics is about linguistic reality and is not part of psychology; that linguistic rules are not represented in the mind; that speakers are largely ignorant of their language; that speakers' intuitions do not reflect information supplied by the language faculty and are not the main evidence for grammars; that the rules of 'Universal Grammar' are largely, if not entirely, innate structure rules of thought; indeed, that there is little or nothing to the language faculty. Devitt's controversial theses will prove highly stimulating to anyone working on language and the mind
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199250974
(233mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Devitt
Putting Metaphysics First, Hardback (January 2010)
Michael Devitt presents a series of essays in which he argues for an uncompromisingly realist view of the external physical world. He goes on to reject moral noncognitivism and antirealist views of truth. He argues against the a priori, and urges that we should approach epistemology and semantics from a metaphysical perspective and not vice versa.
Ignorance of Language, Hardback (April 2006)
What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Arguing that linguistics is about linguistic reality and is not part of psychology, this book offers answers to these questions. It is intended for those working on language and the mind.
Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language, Hardback (March 2006)View all books by Michael Devitt
The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Language is a collection of twenty new essays in a cutting-edge and wide-ranging field.
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Author Biography - Michael Devitt
Michael Devitt is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He taught at the University of Sydney from 1971 until 1987 and the University of Maryland from 1988 to 1999. His main research interests are in the philosophy of language and mind, and in issues of realism. He is the author of Designation (Columbia, 1981), Realism and Truth (2nd edn with Afterword, Princeton, 1997), Coming to Our Senses: A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism (Cambridge, 1996), and Language and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (with Kim Sterelny, 2nd edn, MIT, 1999).
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