Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution

Hardcover | October 30, 2003

byRay Jackendoff

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How 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 howthe 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 otherdisciplines 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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How 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 yea...

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...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199264376

ISBN - 13:9780199264377

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Table of Contents

Part I: Psychological and Biological Foundations1. The Complexity of Linguistic Structure2. Language as a Mental Phenomenon3. Combinatoriality4. Universal GrammarPart II: Architectural Foundations5. The Parallel Architecture6. Lexical Storage Versus Online Construction7. Implications for Processing8. An Evolutionary Perspective on the ArchitecturePart III: Semantic and Conceptual Foundations9. Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise10. Reference and Truth11. Lexical Semantics12. Phrasal Semantics13. Concluding Remarks

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`Ray Jackendoff's Foundations of Language is a masterpiece. . . . The book deserves to be the reference point for all future theorizing about the language faculty and its interconnections.'Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington; President of the Linguistic Society of America