On Language

Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume

Author: Noam Chomsky,Mitsou Ronat

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1565844750

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 269

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An attractive new edition of two of Chomsky's most popular books on language - an ideal introduction to his pioneering work in modern linguistics. In Part I, Language and Responsibility, the legend discusses his political, moral and linguistic thinking via a series of interviews with French linguist Mitsou Ronat. In Part II, Reflections on Language, he explores the more general implications of his linguistic theories and the controversies among social scientists over fundamental questions of language.

Language and Problems of Knowledge

The Managua Lectures

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262530705

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 205

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Contains the text to five lectures given by Noam Chomsky about the nature, origins, and current concerns of the field of linguistics.

Language and Mind

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521858199

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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Presents a collection of essays on language and mind. This book brings the author's influential approach into the twenty-first century. The chapters 1-6 present his early work on the nature and acquisition of language as a genetically-endowed, biological system, the rules and principles of which we acquire an internalized knowledge.

Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262527405

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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Originally published as a Special technical report # 11 in 1965.

Syntactic Structures

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110218321

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 135

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Essential Chomsky

Author: Noam Chomsky,Anthony Arnove

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 145878116X

Category:

Page: 516

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In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his eightieth birthday. For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States. Chomsky's many bestselling works - including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States - have served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky's scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades. The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past forty years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought

The Science of Language

Interviews with James McGilvray

Author: Noam Chomsky,James McGilvray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107016371

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 321

View: 1963

In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray, he takes up a wide variety of topics - the nature of language, the philosophies of language and mind and the evolution of language.

The Linguistics Wars

Author: Randy Allen Harris

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199839069

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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When it was first published in 1957, Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structure seemed to be just a logical expansion of the reigning approach to linguistics. Soon, however, there was talk from Chomsky and his associates about plumbing mental structure; then there was a new phonology; and then there was a new set of goals for the field, cutting it off completely from its anthropological roots and hitching it to a new brand of psychology. Rapidly, all of Chomsky's ideas swept the field. While the entrenched linguists were not looking for a messiah, apparently many of their students were. There was a revolution, which colored the field of linguistics for the following decades. Chomsky's assault on Bloomfieldianism (also known as American Structuralism) and his development of Transformational-Generative Grammar was promptly endorsed by new linguistic recruits swelling the discipline in the sixties. Everyone was talking of a scientific revolution in linguistics, and major breakthroughs seemed imminent, but something unexpected happened--Chomsky and his followers had a vehement and public falling out. In The Linguistic Wars, Randy Allen Harris tells how Chomsky began reevaluating the field and rejecting the extensions his students and erstwhile followers were making. Those he rejected (the Generative Semanticists) reacted bitterly, while new students began to pursue Chomsky's updated vision of language. The result was several years of infighting against the backdrop of the notoriously prickly sixties. The outcome of the dispute, Harris shows, was not simply a matter of a good theory beating out a bad one. The debates followed the usual trajectory of most large-scale clashes, scientific or otherwise. Both positions changed dramatically in the course of the dispute--the triumphant Chomskyan position was very different from the initial one; the defeated generative semantics position was even more transformed. Interestingly, important features of generative semantics have since made their way into other linguistic approaches and continue to influence linguistics to this very day. And fairly high up on the list of borrowers is Noam Chomsky himself. The repercussions of the Linguistics Wars are still with us, not only in the bruised feelings and late-night war stories of the combatants, and in the contentious mood in many quarters, but in the way linguists currently look at language and the mind. Full of anecdotes and colorful portraits of key personalities, The Linguistics Wars is a riveting narrative of the course of an important intellectual controversy, and a revealing look into how scientists and scholars contend for theoretical glory.

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231540922

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator of our time. In these lectures, he presents a lifetime of philosophical reflection on all three of these areas of research to which he has contributed for over half a century. In clear, precise, and non-technical language, Chomsky elaborates on fifty years of scientific development in the study of language, sketching how his own work has implications for the origins of language, the close relations that language bears to thought, and its eventual biological basis. He expounds and criticizes many alternative theories, such as those that emphasize the social, the communicative, and the referential aspects of language. Chomsky reviews how new discoveries about language overcome what seemed to be highly problematic assumptions in the past. He also investigates the apparent scope and limits of human cognitive capacities and what the human mind can seriously investigate, in the light of history of science and philosophical reflection and current understanding. Moving from language and mind to society and politics, he concludes with a searching exploration and philosophical defense of a position he describes as "libertarian socialism," tracing its links to anarchism and the ideas of John Dewey, and even briefly to the ideas of Marx and Mill, demonstrating its conceptual growth out of our historical past and urgent relation to matters of the present.

Chomskyan (R)evolutions

Author: Douglas A. Kibbee

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027288488

Category: Science

Page: 488

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It is not unusual for contemporary linguists to claim that “Modern Linguistics began in 1957” (with the publication of Noam Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures). Some of the essays in Chomskyan (R)evolutions examine the sources, the nature and the extent of the theoretical changes Chomsky introduced in the 1950s. Other contributions explore the key concepts and disciplinary alliances that have evolved considerably over the past sixty years, such as the meanings given for “Universal Grammar”, the relationship of Chomskyan linguistics to other disciplines (Cognitive Science, Psychology, Evolutionary Biology), and the interactions between mainstream Chomskyan linguistics and other linguistic theories active in the late 20th century: Functionalism, Generative Semantics and Relational Grammar. The broad understanding of the recent history of linguistics points the way towards new directions and methods that linguistics can pursue in the future.

Language

Author: Leonard Bloomfield

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120811959

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 576

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Perhaps the single most influential work of general linguistics published in this century, Leonard Bloomfield's "Language" is both a masterpiece of textbook writing and a classic of scholarship. Intended as an introduction to the field of linguistics, it revolutionized the field when it appeared in 1933 and became the major text of the American descriptivist school.

Chomsky's Universal Grammar

Author: Vivian Cook,Mark Newson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9788126517473

Category:

Page: 326

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This new edition introduces the reader to Noam Chomsky's theory of language by setting the specifics of syntactic analysis in the framework of his general ideas. It explains its fundamental concepts and provides an overview and history of the theory.

Rules and Representations

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231132718

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

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In Rules and Representations, first published in 1980, Noam Chomsky lays out many of the concepts that have made his approach to linguistics and human cognition so instrumental to our understanding of language.Chomsky arrives at his well-known position that there is a universal grammar, structured in the human mind and common to all human languages. Based on Chomsky's 1978 Woodbridge Lectures, this edition contains revised versions of the lectures and two new essays.

Verbal Behavior

Author: B. F. Skinner

Publisher: B. F. Skinner Foundation

ISBN: 0989983900

Category: Psychology

Page: 1025

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In 1934, at the age of 30, B. F. Skinner found himself at a dinner sitting next to Professor Alfred North Whitehead. Never one to lose an opportunity to promote behaviorism, Skinner expounded its main tenets to the distinguished philosopher. Whitehead acknowledged that science might account for most of human behavior but he would not include verbal behavior. He ended the discussion with a challenge: "Let me see you," he said, "account for my behavior as I sit here saying, 'No black scorpion is falling upon this table.'" The next morning Skinner began this book. It took him over twenty years to complete. This book extends the laboratory-based principles of selection by consequences to account for what people say, write, gesture, and think. Skinner argues that verbal behavior requires a separate analysis because it does not operate on the environment directly, but rather through the behavior of other people in a verbal community. He illustrates his thesis with examples from literature, the arts, and sciences, as well as from his own verbal behavior and that of his colleagues and children. Perhaps it is because this theoretical work provides a way to approach that most human of human behavior that Skinner ofter called Verbal Behavior his most important work.

The Essential Chomsky

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595581898

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 515

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A single-volume compendium of seminal writings by a forefront philosopher and critic includes selections from such best-selling works as Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, and Failed States, in an anthology that explores such subjects as the media, human rights, and intellectual freedom. 20,000 first printing.

Problems of Knowledge and Freedom

The Russell Lectures

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565848092

Category: History

Page: 111

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"In the first half of this wide-ranging work, Chomsky takes up Russell's lifelong search for the empirical principles of human understanding, in a philosophical overview referencing Hume, Leibniz, Wittgenstein, and others. In the following half, aptly-titled "On Changing the World," Chomsky applies these concepts to the issues that would remain the focus of his increasingly political work of the period. These include the war in Indochina and the Cold War ideology that supported it, the centralization of U.S. decision-making in the Pentagon and the growing influence of multinational corporations in those circles, the politicization of American universities in the post-World War II years, along with his reflections on the Cuban missile crisis and the mass liberation movements of the era."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521658225

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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Outstanding and unique contribution to the philosophical study of language and mind by Noam Chomsky.