Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Anderson, Stephen R.

Title The language organ : linguistics as cognitive physiology / Stephen R. Anderson, David W. Lightfoot
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description xix, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Studying the human language faculty -- 2. Language as a mental organ -- 3. Syntax -- 4. Sound patterns in language -- 5. Describing linguistic knowledge -- 6. Phonetics and the I-linguistics of speech -- 7. Morphology -- 8. Language change -- 9. "Growing" a language -- 10. The organic basis of language
Summary "Challenging and original, The Language Organ treats human language as the manifestation of a faculty of the mind, a mental organ whose nature is determined by human biology. Its functional properties should be explored just as physiology explores the functional properties of physical organs. The authors argue that linguistics investigates cognition, taking as its object mental representations and processes rather than externally observed grammatical patterns (which constitute evidence, but are not themselves the object of study). Such a view has untraditional consequences for the kinds of argument and analysis that can be offered in understanding the nature of language. The book surveys the nature of the language faculty in its various aspects: the systems of sounds, words, and syntax: the development of language in the child and historically; and what is known about its relation to the brain
It discusses the kinds of work that can be carried out in these areas that will contribute to an understanding of the human language organ. The book will appeal to students and researchers in linguistics, and is written to be accessible to colleagues in other disciplines dealing with language as well as to readers with an interest in general science and the nature of the human mind."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Sprog Sprogvidenskab og alment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-256) and index
Notes Online version of the print title
System requirements: Internet connectivity, World Wide Web browser, and Adobe Acrobat reader
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Print version record
Subject Cognition.
Author Lightfoot, David, 1945-
LC no. 2002073773
ISBN 0521809940 hardback
0521007836 paperback