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Title: Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
Written By: Ray Jackendoff
URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-827012-7
Series Title: 2002
Description:

Foundations of Language offers a radical overhaul of the last thirty-five years of research in generative linguistics, and a profound new understanding of how language, the brain, and perception intermesh. It renews the promise of early generative linguistics: that language can be a valuable entrée into understanding the human mind and brain.

The approach is remarkably interdisciplinary. Behind its innovations is
Jackendoff's fundamental proposal that the creativity of language derives from multiple parallel generative systems linked by interface components.
This shift in basic architecture makes possible a radical reconception of mental grammar and how it is learned. As a consequence, Jackendoff is able to reintegrate linguistics with philosophy of mind, cognitive and developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and computational linguistics.

Among the major topics treated are language processing, the relation of language to perception, the innateness of language, and the evolution of the language capacity, as well as more standard issues in linguistic theory such as the roles of syntax and the lexicon. In addition, Jackendoff offers a sophisticated theory of semantics that incorporates insights from philosophy of language, logic and formal semantics, lexical semantics of various stripes, cognitive grammar, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches, and the author's own conceptual semantics.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198270127
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