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    DescriptionHow does human language work? How do we put ideas into words that others can understand? Can linguistics shed light on the way the brain operates? Foundations of Language puts linguistics back at the centre of the search to understand human consciousness. Ray Jackendoff begins by surveying the developments in linguistics over the years since Noam Chomsky's Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. He goes on to propose a radical re-conception of how the brain processes language. This opens up vivid new perspectives on every major aspect of language and communication, including grammar, vocabulary, learning, the origins of human language, and how language relates to the real world. Foundations of Language makes important connections with other disciplines which have been isolated from linguistics for many years. It sets a new agenda for close cooperation between the study of language, mind, the brain, behaviour, and evolution.


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    Title
    Foundations of Language
    Subtitle
    Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ray Jackendoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 504
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199264377
    ISBN 10: 0199264376
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: CFK
    B&T General Subject: 480
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BIC subject category V2: CFA
    Libri: I-LA
    Abridged Dewey: 428
    LC classification: P
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PSY004000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15100
    DC22: 401
    BIC subject category V2: CFDC
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 401.9
    BIC subject category V2: CFX
    LC classification: P37 \.J254 2003
    Thema V1.0: CFK, CFDC, CFX, CFA, CFF
    Illustrations note
    numerous figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    06 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Ray Jackendoff is the author of Semantics and Cognition, Consciousness and the Computational Mind, The Architecture of the Language Faculty, and (with Fred Lerdahl) A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. He has been Professor of Linguistics at Brandeis University since 1971. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
    Review quote
    The book is ... a fascinating introduction to the world of linguistics. ... I found the book extremely interesting, captivating and important. If you are not sure about certain basic facts in the research of natural language, read this book. It will provide you with quite an objective view of the development of the research of language on all aspects. Linguist List A masterpiece Nature I believe this book has the potential to reorient linguistics more decisively than any book since Syntactic Structures shook the discipline almost half a century ago. Robbins Burling, Language in Society An excellent overview of the complexities of language New Scientist
    Table of contents
    PART I: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS ; 1. The Complexity of Linguistic Structure ; 2. Language as a Mental Phenomenon ; 3. Combinatoriality ; 4. Universal Grammar ; PART II: ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATIONS ; 5. The Parallel Architecture ; 6. Lexical Storage Versus Online Construction ; 7. Implications for Processing ; 8. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Architecture ; PART III: SEMANTIC AND CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS ; 9. Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise ; 10. Reference and Truth ; 11. Lexical Semantics ; 12. Phrasal Semantics ; 13. Concluding Remarks