Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origins and Use (Convergence)

December 10, 2020
Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origins and Use (Convergence)

Attempts to indentify the fundamental concepts of language,argues that the study of language reveals hidden facts about themind, and looks at the impact of propagandaPraiseWhy do we know so much more than we have evidence for in certainareas, and so much less in others? In tackling thesequestions--Plato's and Orwell's problem--Chomsky again demonstrateshis unequalled capacity to integrate vast amounts of material. . .. A clear introduction to current thinking on grammatical theory. -David W. Lightfoot, University of MarylandI feel that it is his most persuasive defense of the idea that thestudy of linguistic structure provides insight into the human mind.- Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of WashingtonThis is an excellent contribution to the philosophy of language andthe philosophy of mind. . . . The best available introduction toChomsky's current ideas on syntax made accessible to thenon-specialist. - Julius M. Moravcsik, StanfordUnviersity