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This skillfully crafted work...combines acute theoretical insight, deep understanding of a wide variety of typologically different languages, and impressive lucidity. It is a wonderful and valuable achievement. "--Noam Chomsky. Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental commonality--and thus mutual intelligibility--of human thought. We are now on the verge of solving this problem. Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one simple rule. The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of all human language.
This is a landmark breakthrough both within linguistics, which will herewith finally become a full-fledged science, and in our understanding of the human mind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465005222
ISBN-10: 0465005225
Format: Paperback / softback
(205mm x 131mm x 22mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark C. Baker

Mark C. Baker is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cogni tive Science at Rutgers University. He lives in Ca mden, New Jersey.

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