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Books: History of Ling: Chomsky (auth), McGilvray (ed)

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Message 1: Cartesian Linguistics: Chomsky (auth), McGilvray (ed)

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:28:05 +0000
From: robert.stoothoff <robert.stoothoffcybereditions.com>
Subject: Cartesian Linguistics: Chomsky (auth), McGilvray (ed)


		
Title: Cartesian Linguistics
Subtitle: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought
			
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cybereditions Corporation
 www.cybereditions.com
			
Availability: Available
 
Author: Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Editor: James McGilvray				

Electronic: ISBN: 1877275344, Pages: 151, Price: USD 12.95
Paperback: ISBN: 187727545X, Pages: 152, Price: USD 17.95
Comment: 2nd Edition
			
Abstract:
			
As James McGilvray remarks in his introduction to this new edition of
Cartesian Linguistics, the book was largely ignored and indeed
denounced when first published in 1966. One likely reason why the
first edition was ignored is that it contained many untranslated
quotations from French and German authors. For this new edition these
passages have all been translated into English. Perhaps the main
reason why it was denounced is that Cartesian Linguistics contains,
implicitly if not explicitly, trenchant criticisms of empiricist
theories about linguistics and the mind. Due largely to Chomsky's
efforts, these are not so dominant now as they were when the first
edition appeared in 1966, although they still command the attention of
researchers and the public imagination.

In his introduction Professor McGilvray focuses on the contrast
between rationalist and empiricist approaches to language and the
mind. He discusses at length the two most distinctive features of what
he calls Chomsky's "rationalist-romantic" approach: its emphasis on
linguistic creativity and its insistence that this creativity can be
explained only by assuming that humans are endowed with innate
concepts and mental faculties. In the course of the discussion he
connects Chomsky's early treatment of these themes with his later
development of them, and with Chomsky' s well-known views on politics
and education. The editor has also updated the Notes and Bibliography.
			
Lingfield(s): History of Linguistics

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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