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On Nature and Language

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In On Nature and Language Noam Chomsky develops his thinking on the relation between language, mind, and brain, integrating current research in linguistics into the burgeoning field of neuroscience. Following a lucid introduction is a penetrating interview with Chomsky, in which he provides the clearest and most elegant introduction to current theory available. It makes hi ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published October 10th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1392)
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Kmsprag
Although it contained some interesting material, it was a bit disjointed and overly technical for the layman reader. I found it interesting how much time was spent defensively justifying their pursuit of a minimalist program thru references to other scientific struggles for understanding and yet comparatively little time was spent discussing the meat of their theory(sorry, approach) A little defensive perhaps? For someone interested in an introduction to the work the Chomksyians are doing in lin ...more
Maureen
Chapters 2 and 3 were speeches, which is why they were readable to non-specialists like me, and there was some interesting stuff there. Chomsky compares the field of linguistics to that of chemistry in the 1800s. Chemists didn't understand why reactions happened the way they did, but did their best to develop principles and knowledge about the topic, and eventually physics and chemistry were unified and the chemical observations were explained in terms of protons and electrons. I got halfway thr ...more
Silvio Curtis
Four talks by Chomsky on a trip to Europe. The first two are very big-picture speculations on the future of linguistics, directed at a nonspecialist audience, covering a lot of the same ground. The main point seems to be that linguistics is in the same place relative to neuroscience as chemistry was relative to physics in the nineteenth century - it can be reduced to neuroscience eventually, but only after a lot of empirical work and conceptual rethinkings of linguistics that we aren't in a posi ...more
Doug
Not merely for the penetrating essay 'The Secular Priesthood and the Perils of Democracy', this is another gem in Chomsky's review oeuvre of the history and philosophy of science, mind, and language.
C. Cengiz Cevik
Türkçe çevirisi biraz sorunlu olsa da, Chomsky ağabeyin meramını anlayabiliyoruz en azından!
Fatih Bozdağ
to be honest it was hard to read and examine examples of first part.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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