I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science

Paperback | November 15, 2012

byDaniela Isac, Charles Reiss

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I-Language introduces the uninitiated to linguistics as cognitive science. In an engaging, down-to-earth style Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss give a crystal-clear demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. Their presentation of the research program inspiredby Noam Chomsky shows how the focus of theory and research in linguistics shifted from treating language as a disembodied, human-external entity to cognitive biolinguistics - the study of language as a human cognitive system embedded within the mind/brain of each individual. The recurring theme ofequivalence classes in linguistic computation ties together the presentation of material from phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The same theme is used to help students understand the place of linguistics in the broader context of the cognitive sciences, by drawing on examples fromvision, audition and even animal cognition. This textbook is unique in its integration of empirical issues of linguistic analysis, engagement with philosophical questions that arise in the study of language, and treatment of the history of the field. Topics ranging from allophony to reduplication, ergativity, and negative polarity are invokedto show the implications of findings in cognitive biolinguistics for philosophical issues like reference, the mind-body problem, and nature-nurture debates.The well-tested material in the book is appropriate for a variety of audiences, from large introductory courses in linguistics to graduate seminars in cognitive science or philosophy of mind. It contains numerous exercises and guides for further reading as well as ideas for student projects. Acompanion website with guidance for instructors and answers to the exercises features a series of pdf slide presentations to accompany the teaching of each topic. This fully revised and updated second edition includes additional exercises and expanded discussions on topics such as language and culture, philosophy, and rationalist explorations of language and mind.

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I-Language introduces the uninitiated to linguistics as cognitive science. In an engaging, down-to-earth style Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss give a crystal-clear demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. Their presentation of the research program inspiredby Noam Chomsky shows how the focus of theo...

Daniela Isac is Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University. She has taught at the University of Bucharest and held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford and Quebec. Her published work includes articles in Revue Roumaine de Linguistique and Linguistic Inquiry.Charles Reiss is Professor of Linguistics at Concordia Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.74 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Object of Inquiry1. What is I-Language?2. I-everything: Triangles, streams, words3. Approaches to the Study of Language4. I-/E-/P-LanguagePart II: Linguistic Representation and Computation5. A Syntactic Theory That Won't Work6. Abstract Representations7. Some Details of Sentence Structure8. Binding9. ErgativityPart III: Universal Grammar10. Approaches to UG: Empirical Evidence11. Approaches to UG: LogicPart IV: Implications and Conclusions12. Social Implications13. Rationalist Explorations14. Open Questions and Closing RemarksReferencesIndex

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"Strikingly original and fully student-oriented, this book covers all the bases of modern linguistic theory from a single perspective: the workings of the human mind. Breaking with the traditional organization of a linguistics textbook, Isac and Reiss juxtapose an engaging presentation oflinguistic analysis with exciting discussion of relevant aspects from cognitive science and philosophy. This is arguably the most stimulating introductory textbook around today, offering an approach that I now know was sorely missed." --Dr Jan-Wouter Zwart, University of Groningen 06/12/07