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What is it about the human mind that accounts for the fact that we can speak and understand a language? Why can't other creatures do the same? And what does this tell us about the rest of human abilities? Recent dramatic discoveries in linguistics and psychology provide intriguing answers to these age-old mysteries. In this fascinating book, Ray Jackendoff emphasizes the grammatical commonalities across languages, both spoken and signed, and discusses the implications for our understanding of language acquisition and loss.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465054626
ISBN-10: 0465054625
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 127mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Ray Jackendoff

Ray Jackendoff, linguist and theoretical psychologist, is professor of linguistics at Brandeis University. He is the author of several books, including Semantic Interpretation in Generative Grammar, Semantics and Cognition, Consciousness and the Computational Mind, and Semantic Structures.

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