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Author Chomsky, Noam.

Title Rules and representations / Noam Chomsky
Published New York : Columbia University Press, 1980


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Description viii, 299 pages ; 22 cm
Series Woodbridge lectures delivered at Columbia University ; no. 11, 1978
Woodbridge lectures ; no. 11
Contents 1. Mind and body --- 2. Structures, capacities, and conventions --- 3. Knowledge of grammar --- 4. Some elements of grammar --- 5. On the biological basis of language capacities --- 6. Language and unconscious knowledge
Summary In this influential and controversial work Chomsky draws on philosophy, biology, and the study of the mind to consider the nature of human cognitive capacities, particularly as they are expressed in language. He arrives at his well-known position that there is a universal grammar, genetically determined, structured in the human mind, and common to all human languages. Aside from his examination of the various principles of the universal grammar -- its "rules and representations"--Chomsky considers the biological basis of language capabilities and the possibility of studying mental structures and capacities in the manner of the natural sciences. Finally, he also explores whether there may be similar "grammars" of perception, art, human nature, scientific reasoning, and the unconscious. -- Publisher description
Analysis Language and languages Philosophy
Notes Includes bibliographical references
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Language and languages.
LC no. 79026145
ISBN 0231048262