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LINGUIST List 17.637

Tue Feb 28 2006

Books: Cognitive Science/Ling Theories: Hinzen

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        1.    Jenny Breaker, Mind Design and Minimal Syntax: Hinzen


Message 1: Mind Design and Minimal Syntax: Hinzen
Date: 28-Feb-2006
From: Jenny Breaker <jenny.breakeroup.com>
Subject: Mind Design and Minimal Syntax: Hinzen


Title: Mind Design and Minimal Syntax
Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
http://www.oup.com/us


Book URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-928925-5


Author: Wolfram Hinzen, University of Amsterdam

Hardback: ISBN: 019927441X Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199289255 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 24.99


Abstract:

This book introduces generative grammar as an area of study and asks what
it tells us about the human mind. Wolfram Hinzen lays the foundation for
the unification of modern generative linguistics with the philosophies of
mind and language. He introduces Chomsky's program of a 'minimalist' syntax
as a novel explanatory vision of the human mind. He explains how the
Minimalist Program originated in work in cognitive science, biology,
linguistics, and philosophy, and examines its implications for work in
these fields. He considers the way the human mind is designed when seen as
an arrangement of structural patterns in nature, and argues that its design
is the product not so much of adaptive evolutionary history as of
principles and processes that are ahistorical and internalist in character.
Linguistic meaning, he suggests, arises in the mind as a consequence of
structures emerging on formal rather than functional grounds. From this he
substantiates an unexpected and deeply unfashionable notion of human nature.

Clearly written in nontechnical language and assuming a limited knowledge
of the fields it examines and links, Minimal Mind Design will appeal to a
wide range of scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.
It also provides an exceptionally clear insight into the nature and aims of
Chomsky's Minimalist Program.



Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Linguistic Theories


Written In: English (eng)

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