Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country

Paperback | November 15, 2010

EditorMassimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Juan Uriagereka, Pello Salaburu

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This book presents a state-of-the-art account of what we know and would like to know about language, mind, and brain. Chapters by leading researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience, comparative cognitive psychology, and evolutionary biology areframed by an introduction and conclusion by Noam Chomsky, who places the biolinguistic enterprise in an historical context and helps define its agenda for the future.The questions explored include: What is our tacit knowledge of language?What is the faculty of language?How does it develop in the individual?How is that knowledge put to use?How is it implemented in the brain?How did that knowledge emerge in the species? The book includes the contributor's key discussions, which dramatically bring to life their enthusiasm for the enterprise and skill in communicating across disciplines. Everyone seriously interested in how language works and why it works the way it does are certain to find, if not all the answers,then a convincing, productive, and lively approach to the endeavour.

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This book presents a state-of-the-art account of what we know and would like to know about language, mind, and brain. Chapters by leading researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience, comparative cognitive psychology, and evolutionary biology areframed by an introduction and conclusion by ...

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona. He has held teaching and research positions at the Scientific Institute San Raffaele, MIT, the College de France, Rutgers University, Harvard University, the University of Maryland and the University of Bologna. His publications include Inevita...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Pello Salaburu, and Juan Uriagereka: IntroductionPart 1: Overtures2. Noam Chomsky: Opening Remarks3. Cedric Boeckx: The Nature of Merge: Consequences for Language, Mind, and Biology4. C. R. Gallistel: The Foundational Abstractions5. Marc D. Hauser: Evolingo: The Nature of the Language Faculty6. Gabriel Dover: Pointers to a Biology of Language?7. Donata Vercelli: Language in an Epigenetic Framework8. Christopher Cherniak: Brain Wiring Optimization and Non-Genomic NativismPart 2: On Language9. Wolfram Hinzen: Hierarchy, Merge, and Truth10. James Higginbotham: Two Interfaces11. Luigi Rizzi: Movement and Concepts of Locality12. Juan Uriagereka: Uninterpretable Features in Syntactic Evolution13. Angela D. Friederici: The Brain Differentiates Hierarchical and Probabilistic Grammars14. Cedric Boeckz, Janet Dean Fodor, Lila Gleitman, Luigi Rizzi: Round Table: Language Universals: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowPart 3: On Acquisition15. Rochel Gelman: Innate Learning and Beyond16. Lila Gleitman: The Learned Component of Language Learning17. Janet Dean Fodor: Syntactic Acquisition: An Evaluation Measure After All?18. Thomas G. Bever: Remarks on the Individual Basis for Linguistic StructuresPart 4: Open Talks on Open Inquiries19. Marc D. Hauser: The Illusion of Biological Variation: A Minimalist Approach to the Mind20. Itziar Laka: What is There in Universal Grammar? On Innate and Specific Aspects of Language21. Nuria Sebastian-Galles: Individual Differences in Foreigh Sound Perception22. Angela D. Friederici: Language and the Brain23. Noam Chomsky: ConclusionReferencesIndex