LINGUIST List 12.3170

Sat Dec 22 2001

Books: Psycholinguistics

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>

Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are available at the end of this issue.


  1. HENDERSON, Philip, Foundations of Language by Ray JAckendoff

Message 1: Foundations of Language by Ray JAckendoff

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 15:24:03 -0000
From: HENDERSON, Philip <>
Subject: Foundations of Language by Ray JAckendoff

Foundations of Language
Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution

Author: Ray Jackendoff, Professor of Linguistics at Brandeis University.

Foundations of Language offers a radical overhaul of the last thirty-five
years of research in generative linguistics, and a profound new
understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. It
renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a
valuable entr´┐Że into understanding the human mind and brain. 

The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is
Jackendoff's fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives
from multiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components.
This shift in basic architecture makes possible a radical reconception of
mental grammar and how it is learned. As a consequence, Jackendoff is able
to reintegrate linguistics with philosophy of mind, cognitive and
developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and
computational linguistics. 

Among the major topics treated are language processing, the relation of
language to perception, the innateness of language, and the evolution of the
language capacity, as well as more standard issues in linguistic theory such
as the roles of syntax and the lexicon. In addition, Jackendoff offers a
sophisticated theory of semantics that incorporates insights from philosophy
of language, logic and formal semantics, lexical semantics of various
stripes, cognitive grammar, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches,
and the author's own conceptual semantics. 

Hardback, ISBN 0-19-827012-7
UK Publication date: 24 January 2002

Philip Henderson
Senior Marketing Manager, Trade Books
Academic Division, Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street
Oxford OX2 6DP

direct tel: + 44 (0)1865 267546
direct fax: +44 (0)1865 267741
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue


----------------- Major Supporters ----------------



Academic Press



Arnold Publishers



Athelstan Publications



Blackwell Publishers




Cambridge University Press



Cascadilla Press



CSLI Publications



Distribution Fides



Elsevier Science Ltd.



John Benjamins



Kluwer Academic Publishers



Lernout & Hauspie



Lincom Europa



MIT Press



Mouton de Gruyter



Multilingual Matters



Oxford UP



Pearson Education












Summer Institute of Linguistics




---------Other Supporting Publishers-------------



Anthropological Linguistics



Bedford/St. Martin's



Finno-Ugrian Society



Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass



International Pragmatics Assoc.



Kingston Press Ltd.



Linguistic Assoc. of Finland



Linguistic Society of Southern Africa (LSSA)


Pacific Linguistics


Pacini Editore Spa


Virittaja Aikakauslehti


Monday, July 23, 2001