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Cartesian Linguistics A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought

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ISBN-10: 0521708176

ISBN-13: 9780521708173

Edition: 3rd 2009

Authors: Noam Chomsky

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Tracing the development of linguistic theory from Descartes to Wilhelm von Humboldt, Chomsky's Cartesian Linguistics is one of the most original and profound studies of language and mind ever written. This edition includes a new and specially written introduction by James McGilvray, contextualising the work for the twenty-first century. It has been made more accessible to a larger audience; all the French and German in the original edition has been translated, and the notes and bibliography have been brought up to date. The relationship between the original edition (published in 1966) and contemporary biolinguistic work is also explained. This challenging volume is an important contribution…    
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List price: $40.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.594
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…    

Introduction James McGilvray
Introduction
Creative aspect of language use
Deep and surface structure
Description and explanation in linguistics
Acquisition and use of language
Summary