The Atoms Of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules Of Grammar

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Basic Books, 05.08.2008 - 288 Seiten
Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental commonality--and thus mutual intelligibility--of human thought.We are now on the verge of solving this problem. Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one simple rule. The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of all human language. This is a landmark breakthrough both within linguistics, which will herewith finally become a full-fledged science, and in our understanding of the human mind.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - misterO - LibraryThing

Very good intro to a fairly advanced (but exciting) topic in linguistics: The Atoms of Language by Mark Baker One way of looking at this book is that it deals with what Mr. Baker calls the “Navajo ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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I am not a linguist; I've encountered bits and pieces in popular cognitive science works. This book gave me an incredible amount of information, in painstaking detail. It did seem to me, however, that ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2008)

Mark C. Baker is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He lives in Camden, New Jersey.

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