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LINGUIST List 18.2189

Thu Jul 19 2007

Books: Cognitive Science/Psycholinguistics: Jackendoff

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        1.    Diane Denner, Language, Consciousness, Culture: Jackendoff

Message 1: Language, Consciousness, Culture: Jackendoff
Date: 19-Jul-2007
From: Diane Denner <dennermit.edu>
Subject: Language, Consciousness, Culture: Jackendoff
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Title: Language, Consciousness, Culture
Subtitle: Essays on Mental Structure
Series Title: The Jean Nicod Lectures / A Bradford Book
Published: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/026210119X

Author: Ray Jackendoff
Hardback: ISBN: 026210119X 9780262101196 Pages: 710 Price: U.S. $ 36.00

Ray Jackendoff's Language, Consciousness, Culture represents a breakthrough
in developing an integrated theory of human cognition. It will be of
interest to a broad spectrum of cognitive scientists, including linguists,
philosophers, psycholinguists, neuroscientists, cognitive anthropologists,
and evolutionary psychologists.

Jackendoff argues that linguistics has become isolated from the other
cognitive sciences at least partly because of the syntax-based architecture
assumed by mainstream generative grammar. He proposes an alternative
parallel architecture for the language faculty that permits a greater
internal integration of the components of language and connects far more
naturally to such larger issues in cognitive neuroscience as language
processing, the connection of language to vision, and the evolution of

Extending this approach beyond the language capacity, Jackendoff proposes
sharper criteria for a satisfactory theory of consciousness, examines the
structure of complex everyday actions, and investigates the concepts
involved in an individual's grasp of society and culture. Each of these
domains is used to reflect back on the question of what is unique about
human language and what follows from more general properties of the mind.

Language, Consciousness, Culture extends Jackendoff's pioneering theory of
conceptual semantics to two of the most important domains of human thought:
social cognition and theory of mind. Jackendoff's formal framework allows
him to draw new connections among a large variety of literatures and to
uncover new distinctions and generalizations not previously recognized. The
breadth of the approach will foster cross-disciplinary conversation; the
vision is to develop a richer understanding of human nature.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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