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Knowledge of Language Its Nature, Origin, and Use

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ISBN-10: 0275900258

ISBN-13: 9780275900250

Edition: N/A

Authors: Noam Chomsky

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"Why do we know so much more than we have evidence for in certain areas, and so much less in others? In tackling these questions--Plato's and Orwell's problem--Chomsky again demonstrates his unequalled capacity to integrate vast amounts of material." David W. Lightfoot, University of Maryland "I feel that it is his most persuasive defense of the idea that the study of linguistic structure provides insight into the human mind." Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington
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Book details

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 12/15/1985
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

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Convergence
The M�Bius Strip
Preface
Notes
Knowledge of Language as a Focus of Inquiry
Notes
Concept of Language
Notes
Facing Plato's Problem
Notes
Questions about Rules
Notes
Notes on Orwell's Problem
Notes
References
Index