Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


Book Information

   

Title: Words, Thoughts and Theories
Written By: Alison Gopnik
Andrew N. Meltzoff
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?sid=ECE85B95-249D-4EEB-9446-A1537C7920FE&ttype=2&ti
Description:

Words, Thoughts, and Theories articulates and defends the "theory theory"
of cognitive and semantic development--the idea that infants and young
children, like scientists, learn about the world by forming and revising
theories, a view of the origins of knowledge and meaning that has broad
implications for cognitive science.

Gopnik and Meltzoff interweave philosophical arguments and empirical data
from their own and other's research. Both the philosophy and the
psychology, the arguments and the data, address the same fundamental
epistemological question: How do we come to understand the world around us?

Recently, the theory theory has led to much interesting research. However,
this is the first book to look at the theory in extensive detail and to
systematically contrast it with other theories. It is also the first to
apply the theory to infancy and early childhood, to use the theory to
provide a framework for understanding semantic development, and to
demonstrate that language acquisition influences theory change in children.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Psycholinguistics
Semantics
Language Acquisition
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262571269
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 14.95
U.S. $ 22