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LINGUIST List 24.277

Wed Jan 16 2013

Books: The Equilibrium of Human Syntax: Moro

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 10-Jan-2013
From: Sara Batkie <Sara.Batkietaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: The Equilibrium of Human Syntax: Moro
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Title: The Equilibrium of Human Syntax
Subtitle: Symmetries of the Brain
Series Title: Routledge Leading Linguists
Published: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Book URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415639675/

Author: Andrea Moro
Hardback: ISBN: 9780415639675 Pages: 480 Price: U.K. £ 95
Hardback: ISBN: 9780415639675 Pages: 480 Price: U.S. $ 150
Abstract:

This book assembles a collection of papers in two different domains: formal syntax and neurolinguistics. Here Moro provides evidence that the two fields are becoming more and more interconnected and that the new fascinating empirical questions and results in the latter field cannot be obtained without the theoretical base provided by the former.

The book is organized in two parts: Part 1 focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in a comparative perspective (including the nature of syntactic movement, the theory of locality and a far reaching and influential theory of copular sentences). Part 2 provides the original sources of some innovative and pioneering experiments based on neuroimaging techniques (focusing on the biological nature of recursion and the interpretation of negative sentences).

Moro concludes with an assessment of the impact of these perspectives on the theory of the evolution of language. The leading and pervasive idea unifying all the arguments developed here is the role of symmetry (breaking) in syntax and in the relationship between language and the human brain.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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