Noam Chomsky, one of the century's leading linguists, has made major contributions to the systematic study of language. From the late 1950s to this day, his work has generated much discussion among philosophers concerned with language and the light its study throws onto the workings of the human mind. These original philosophical essays were presented to Chomsky to honour him on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The contributors are Sylvain Bromberger, Tyler Burge, Martin Davies, Michael Dummett, Jerry Fodor, Alexander George, James Higginbotham, Jaakko Hintikka, Norbert Hornstein, Christopher Peacocke, Hilary Putnam and Crispin Wright. The range of topics discussed in the volume reflects the breadth of Chomsky's thought; they include the social versus ideolectal conceptions of language, the factuality of linguistics, the psychological reality of grammar, the nature of a semantic theory, the proper object of linguistic inquiry, logical from, the modular organization of mind, tacit knowledge, and the relevance to linguistics of Wittgenstein's remarks on rules.
Why should the mind be modular?, Jerry A. Fodor; meaning and the mental - the problem of semantics after Chomsky, Norbert Hornstein; logical form and linguistic theory, Jaako Hintikka; types and tokens in linguistics, Sylvian Bromberger; how not to become so confused about linguistics, Alexander George; when is a grammar psychologically real?, Christopher Peacocke; tacit knowledge and subdoxastic states, Martin Davies; knowledge of reference, James Higginbotham; wherein is language social?, Tyler Burge; language and communication, Michael Dummett; model theory and the "Factuality of Semantics", Hilary Putnam; Wittgenstein's rule-following considerations and the central project of theoretical linguistics, Crispin Wright.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th December 1990
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.43