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Patterns In The Mind

Patterns In The Mind

Jackendoff

Oct 1993, Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN13: 9780745009636
ISBN10: 0745009638
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Intended for undergraduate courses in introductory linguistics, cognitive science, psychology of language and philosophy of language, this text explains how an innate, genetically-encoded universal grammar provides the building blocks for all possible human languages.

Preface

THE FUNDAMENTAL ARGUMENTS

1. Finding our way into the problem: The nature/nurture issue

2. The argument for mental grammar

3. The argument for innate knowledge

THE ORGANIZATION OF MENTAL GRAMMAR

4. Overview

5. Phonological structure

6. Syntactic structure

7. American sign language

EVIDENCE FOR THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF LANGUAGE

8. How children learn language

9. Language acquisition in unusual circumstances I

10. Language acquisition in unusual circumstances II

11. Language and the brain

MENTAL CAPACITIES OTHER THAN THE LANGUAGE

12. The argument for the construction of experience

13. Music and vision

14. Language as a window on thought

15. Social organization

16. Further reading

17. Index

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